Abstract # 194:

Scheduled for Monday, September 15, 2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Session 26 (Henry Oliver) Workshop


FACILITATING COLLABORATION BETWEEN VETERINARIANS AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENTISTS TO ENHANCE ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE

M. A. Fahey1, K. Baker, Ph.D.2, M. Bloomsmith, Ph.D.3, R. Bohm,Jr.,DVM, DACLAM2, J. Cohen, VMD, DACLAM3, B. Fontenot, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM4, E. Hutchinson, DVM., DACLAM5 and B. McCowan, Ph.D.6
1New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Southborough, MA 01772, USA, 2Tulane National Primate Research Center, 3Yerkes National PrimateResearch Center, 4University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 5Johns Hopkins Medicine, 6?California National Primate Research Center
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     This session will explore the interface between veterinarians and behavioral scientists in nonhuman primate care and management in the laboratory setting. With today’s complex enrichment programs, varied options for social housing, primate training programs, and focus on prevention/amelioration of abnormal behavior, behavioral specialists are key members of the team providing comprehensive veterinary care and animal management. Facilitating collaboration between veterinarians and behavioral scientists can enhance animal care and welfare. Data from published behavioral studies can be utilized to address health or management concerns and to inform best practices. Veterinarians and behaviorists work together to develop and approve housing configurations and enrichment plans for research animals during the IACUC approval phase of projects. Integration of behavioral scientists in the clinical care team is important, yet there are often areas of disagreement. This workshop aims to guide optimal management of animals in order to promote physical and psychological health. How can we best facilitate communication and coordination between veterinarians and behavioral scientists to enhance animal care and improve animal welfare? Presentations will be followed by panel discussion. Sponsored by the Behavioral Management Consortium and Association of Primate Veterinarians