Abstract # 20:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2012 02:00 PM-04:00 PM: Session 5 (3rd Floor All Space) Roundtable


IMPLEMENTATION OF PAIR HOUSING FOR LABORATORY PRIMATES

K. C. Baker
Tulane National Primate Res. Center, 18703 Three Rivers Rd., Covington, LA 70433, USA
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     There is a general consensus among those studying the welfare of captive primates that social housing is the most effective means for promoting psychological well-being. It is well established that socially-housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) demonstrate welfare that is superior to those that are singly-housed, and research in other species are broadly consistent with these findings. In a biomedical context, the intersection of research needs, animal needs, regulatory issues and facility resources can present a plethora of challenges to the optimal implementation of pair housing. Practical factors may introduce potential complications and constraints; examples include 1) limited partner options, 2) project assignment and reassignment timelines, 3) experimental appliances, compounds, and schedules, 4) engineering constraints, and 5) finite human resources. In addition, research-related and clinically-required exemptions from social housing may not always be straightforward. This workshop will include participants from National Primate Research Centers, universities, private industry, and a European biomedical facility. It aims to disseminate objective and research-driven assessments, systematic cost/benefit comparisons, and successful strategies for approaching potential impediments to social housing in a variety of species. This workshop is being developed under the auspices of the National Primate Research Center Behavioral Management Consortium and the American Society of Primatologists Primate Care Committee.