Abstract # 5874 Event # 205:

Scheduled for Monday, September 15, 2014 01:15 PM-01:30 PM: Session 28 (Henry Oliver F) Oral Presentation


DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A PRIMATE BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN INTERACTION TRAINING PROGRAM

D. M. Abney
Charles River Laboratories, Pre-Clinical Services – Nevada, 6995 Longley Lane, Reno, NV 89511, USA
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     Caring for captive primates can be a rewarding career choice, but not all who embark on this career path have previous experience working with primates. In particular, individuals fulfilling veterinary, technical, and husbandry roles may not come equipped with a background in primate behavior. At Charles River Laboratories (CRL), we believe it is essential for staff to be knowledgeable about the behavior of the animals they work with and understand the importance of behavioral management including how to interact appropriately with the animals in their care. To fill this need, we have developed a robust training program that includes training not only in primate behavior, but also how staff should behave to ensure they are interacting with the animals in the best way possible. Training conducted by Behavioral Management staff begins at the initiation of employment and includes classroom and cage-side training to give the staff a more comprehensive view of animal behavior. We believe it is essential to keep topics relevant to the behavior and welfare of the primates as part of a reoccurring training program. Subsequent training goes more in depth on topics such as appropriate human behavior, positive reinforcement training, and positive interactions with the primates. Keeping the trainings interesting, interactive, and informative facilitates learning and provides a more enriching environment for all.