Abstract # 4267 Event # 129:

Scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2012 03:45 PM-05:00 PM: Session 21 (3rd Floor All Space) Roundtable


BODY CONDITION SCORING FOR NON-HUMAN PRIMATES

L. Summers
CNPRC, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, USA
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     Body condition scoring (BCS) is a subjective semiquantitative method of assessing body fat and muscle by palpation of key anatomic features. A previously published BCS system for rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) uses a scale comprising both whole and half units, in which the midrange represents optimal body condition (3.0), lower values represent emaciated to lean conditions (1.0 to 2.0), and higher values (4.0 to 5.0) indicate excessive body fat. A valid BCS system is well described, relevant to the species, has agreement within and between raters, and is consistent with objective measures. The written BCS system is specifically designed for prime, adult rhesus monkeys. However, with modifications, this same scale can be applied to different age groups of rhesus (infant, geriatric) or to other species of non-human primates. The discussion will include overview of the scale as written for Rhesus monkeys, and advice on how to effectively apply this scale to other species.