NC3Rs Webinar: 2020 Primate Welfare Meeting

  • NC3Rs
Wednesday 18 November 2020 15:00 to 16:30

This year’s Primate Welfare Meeting will take place in webinar format and focus on sharing the findings of two international surveys on behavioural management of non-human primates and on welfare indicators for macaques and marmosets.

The webinar is free to attend and open to laboratory personnel working directly with non-human primates. Please use your institutional email address when registering. See the NC3Rs attendance policy in the box below.

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15.00 Welcome and opening comments  
15.05 Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs & Dr Kate Baker, Tulane National Primate Research Center International survey on NHP behavioural management, Part I
15.25 Dr Kate Baker, Tulane National Primate Research Center & Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs International survey on NHP behavioural management, Part II
15.55 Melissa Truelove, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs & Dr Matthew Leach, Newcastle University Harmonising welfare indicators in non-human primates
16:25 Closing comments  


Drs Prescott and Baker will summarise the findings of an international survey on non-human primate behavioural management. Behavioural management practices in the United States have been fully characterized in two surveys led by Dr Baker and published in 2007 and 2016. The 2019 survey was a transatlantic collaboration with the NC3Rs to document current practices, compare world regions, and understand how practices have changed over time. The presentations will cover topics such as social housing, enclosures, enrichment, positive reinforcement training, nursery rearing and program administration.

Dr Leach will summarise the findings of the workshop carried out at the 2019 NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting to achieve consensus on the most effective indicators of macaque and marmoset welfare. A Delphi consultation process was used to survey workshop participants to identify the indicators that they felt were the most valid, reliable and practical and to identify how the chosen indices could be most effectively measured. This presentation will focus mostly on the macaque findings as they represent both the most common NHP and the species that most of the workshop participants were working with. 


Mark Prescott, PhD
Dr Prescott has worked at the UK’s national centre for the 3Rs since its inception in 2004. He has strategic oversight of the centre’s relationships with other research funders and the academic community, and its programmes on animal welfare and experimental design. Mark trained as a zoologist and primatologist and has more than 25 years-experience in primatology, animal behaviour and animal welfare science, authoring over 50 publications in these areas. He serves on several ethics committees and scientific advisory boards at project, institution, journal and governmental levels, and is best known as an authority on applying the 3Rs to the use and care of nonhuman primates in research.

Kate Baker, PhD
Dr Baker has been the Head of the Behavioral Management program at the Tulane National Primate Research Center since 2002. She also serves as the Chair of the National Primate Research Center Behavioral Management Consortium. Kate has over 30 years of experience in behavioral management program oversight and research. She has published over 40 journal articles on topics such as pair housing, social management, treatment of behavioral pathologies, human interaction, and macroenvironmental effects on welfare. Kate has conducted behavioral management surveys in 2003 and 2014 concerning practices in the United States.

Matthew Leach, PhD
Dr Leach is based at Newcastle University in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, where he and a small specialist team (Pain and Animal Welfare Group) focus on developing and validating of new methods of assessing welfare in a wide range of species including laboratory, companion and farm animals. This research utilizes a wide range of behavioural and physiological techniques as well as the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence for the automated monitoring of animal health and welfare. The group and their work have been successfully supported by both UKRI and industry funding in both the UK and Europe.  

Melissa Truelove, MSc
Ms Truelove has been working in the Behavioral Management Unit at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia since 2005. She has over 19 years of experience working with non-human primates in captive settings; 16 years of which have focused on primates in research settings. She specializes in the social housing of monkeys and the application of behavioral management techniques to facilitate long-term social housing. Her research interests include macaque welfare indicators, monkey social housing and separation techniques, and measuring changes in behavioral dynamics to monitor the social health of established pairs.