Abstract # 222:

Scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2011 10:15 AM-12:15 PM: Session 29 (Meeting Room 408) Workshop


HABITUTATION AND DESENSITIZATION STRATEGIES IN A RESEARCH SETTING

T. L. Koban1,2, S. J. Schapiro3 and D. Abney4
1Huntington Life Sciences, East Millstone, NJ 08875, USA, 2American Society of Primatologists Captive Care Committee, 3The Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 4Charles River, Reno, Nevada
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An effective behavioral management programs incorporates a range of elements including habituation, desensitization, positive reinforcement techniques and enrichment. Institutions may encounter challenges during the implementation of an effective habituation and desensitization program, such as startup and running costs, resource implications and the buy in and long term commitment of key personnel. A progressive program should be subject to continual review in light of empirical data, experimental design and the welfare of the animals. Due consideration should also be given to commencing such a program at the point of origin, through CDC and at the research facility. This workshop is intended to promote further discussion, help establish best practice and better understand the key differences between programs founded in academia and the pharmaceutical and Contract Research environment. In addition, consideration will be given to the design of individual programs in relation to the research objectives and the welfare of animals participating in the research.