Abstract # 3235 Event # 198:

Scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2011 08:00 AM-10:00 AM: Session 24 (Salon F (Sixth Floor)) Workshop


THE EIGHTH EDITION OF THE GUIDE FOR THE CARE AND USE OF LABORATORY ANIMALS (2011); IMPLICATIONS FOR BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT.

J. M. Worlein1, K. Baker2, M. Bloomsmith3, K. Coleman4 and T. L. Koban5
1Washington National Primate Research Center, Box 357330, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Tulane National Primate Research Center, 3Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 4Oregon National Primate Research Center, 5Huntingdon Life Sciences
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The Eighth Edition (2011) of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals contains new wording and new recommendations that carry implications for behavioral management of nonhuman primates (NHPs). Among these are more strongly worded requirements regarding social housing, changes in minimum cage sizes, requirements for personnel training in NHP behavioral biology and an emphasis on positive reinforcement training. AAALAC International uses the Guide as one of three primary standards to evaluate laboratory animal programs, so these revisions are salient to many members of ASP who study primates living in laboratory settings. This workshop will focus on the impact of these revisions on NHP research facilities and how facilities are responding to achieve continuing compliance with new requirements. Following a summary of differences between the 1996 and 2011 Guides, selected participants from public and private institutions will address the impact of the Guide on their operations and measures being undertaken to address these new requirements. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session during which workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of officials from AAALAC, UDSA and OLAW via teleconferencing regarding their interpretations of the new requirements. Discussants will also include members of the ASP Animal Care Committee and the National Primate Research Centers Behavioral Management Consortium.