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Primate Welfare Meeting

Juvenile rhesus macaqueThe NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting brings together researchers, veterinarians, animal care persons and facility managers with a common interest in the welfare of laboratory-housed non-human primates. The broad aims of the meeting are to:

  • Support the development and implementation of refinements in primate care and use
  • Provide evidence that can be used to promote improvements in primate welfare and direct welfare research
  • Bring people together to establish new contacts and for exchange of views and information on primate issues

Refinements to scientific techniques, changes in primate housing systems, new methods for welfare assessment, and training of animals to co-operate with scientific and husbandry procedures all have implications for staff training. The Primate Welfare Meeting is a unique opportunity for exchange of information on issues such as these. In addition to the scientific programme, the meeting plays an important role in bringing together staff with different job roles to share their experiences with primate care and use generally.

This meeting is free and open to laboratory personnel working directly with non-human primates.

2014 Meeting

Now in its tenth year, the 2014 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting  will be held on 17 October 2014 as part of the annual workshop of the Association of Primate Veterinarians, San Antonio, Texas, USA. This year's strategic alliance with APV aims to share new research findings and best practice internationally to improve primate welfare.

A separate knowledge- and data-sharing event was held in London in April 2014 for NC3Rs-funded researchers who are developing new tools and approaches for assessing primate welfare. A second meeting of the NACWO network, established in 2013 for exchange of practical information and ideas on refinement of non-human primate use and care, is planned for the autumn. The NC3Rs will also launch its Macaque Website in 2014.

Past meetings

2013 workshop - Primate neuroimaging: tools for animal welfare and science

2013 workshop - NACWO networking

2012 workshop - Primate training workshop: meet the trainers

2012 workshop - Chronic implants workshop: let's share what works

2011 meeting - welfare assessment, captive management, refining scientific procedures

2010 meeting - animal welfare, natural history and captive care, future directions in primate research

2009 meeting - refining scientific procedures

2008 meeting - breeding and supply

2007 meeting - advances in housing

2006 meeting - welfare assessment

2005 meeting - socialisation and training

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