Abstract # 4341 Event # 109:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 02:00 PM-04:30 PM: Session 17 (Magnolia) Symposium


ESTABLISHING HUMANE ENDPOINTS FOR NON-HUMAN PRIMATES: BALANCING ANIMAL WELL-BEING WITH MANAGEMENT AND RESEARCH GOALS.

C. J. Doane1,2 and K. Coleman1
1Oregon National Primate Res. Ctr., 505 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006, USA, 2University of Arizona
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     Humane endpoints assist in ensuring that pain and distress to research animals is minimized. Data-driven endpoints assist veterinarians and behaviorists in timely decision making which directly improves animal well-being. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees commonly require scientific protocols to address humane endpoints in their studies. This concept also applies to colony management. Colony management requires that decisions about individual animals be weighed against the health of the entire population. This symposium, sponsored by the Association of Primate Veterinarians, will highlight four different aspects of non-human primate care and use and the approaches used to ensure humane endpoints are established and followed. Kristi Kelly, DVM, will focus on the challenges associated with research protocols. Kirk Andrews, DVM, and Kamm Prongay, DVM, will discuss management of spontaneous disease in large breeding colonies of nonhuman primates, and how to establish endpoints in this situation. Brenda McCowan, Ph.D., and Hanie Elfenbein, MS, will discuss how removal for treatment can affect overall group stability and suggests ways to improve re-introduction success. Finally, Kristine Coleman, Ph.D. and Mary F. Dickerson, DVM, will highlight the behavioral and clinical approaches to managing self-injurious behavior.