Abstract # 123:

Scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 12:00 PM-01:30 PM: Session 12 (Medina) Workshop


Behavioral and clinical management of alopecia in nonhuman primates

K. C. Baker1, C. M. Crockett2, M. A. Bloomsmith3, K. Coleman4 and R. U. Bellanca2
1Tulane National Primate Research Center, 18703 Three Rivers Rd., Covington, LA 70433, USA, 2Washington National Primate Research Center, 3Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 4Oregon National Primate Research Center
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     Alopecia is among the many signs used as potential indicators of compromised well-being in captive primates. While only one of the many potential underlying proximal causes of alopecia is behavioral (e.g., hair-pulling), it is frequently interpreted and managed as a behavioral problem. Unlike the behavioral indicators commonly used to assess well-being, which may be fleeting and not consistently detected during brief observation, the manifestation of alopecia is persistent. This visibility has the potential to influence levels of scrutiny or intervention that may be divorced from its severity relative to other clinical or behavioral problems. For these reasons, alopecia is a particular challenge in behavioral management. This workshop promotes cross-institutional exchange of information and experience regarding the practical aspects of the management of alopecia. The workshop is intended for individuals involved in environmental enrichment programs and the clinical care of laboratory primates. Workshop participants are urged to share their criteria for the contexts, durations, and severity of hair loss that trigger referral for diagnosis, and the techniques involved in the diagnosis, intervention, and assessment of intervention efficacy. While the focus of this workshop is practical, participants are encouraged to discuss current research findings that bear on this topic. By sharing current practices, this workshop aims to stimulate evaluation of common practices associated with the management of alopecia at the programmatic level.