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Non-human primate welfare meeting

At a glance

In progress
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  • Refinement




We host a symposium dedicated to promoting the welfare of non-human primates used in research, now held on a biennial basis. This unique event brings together researchers, veterinarians, animal care staff, facility managers and regulators, from national and international institutions, with a common interest in the welfare of laboratory-housed non-human primates. The aims of the meeting are to:

  • Support the development and implementation of evidence-based refinements in non-human primate care and use.
  • Provide a platform for sharing the output from NC3Rs-funded research.
  • Bring together those working with non-human primates to establish new contacts and exchange views and information.

The meeting is free to attend and open to laboratory personnel working directly with non-human primates. Registration is now open for the 2022 Symposium

The Primate Welfare Meeting is complemented by a network we established in 2013 to support Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs), who are responsible for the day-to-day care of non-human primates in UK laboratories, to disseminate practical information and ideas on refinement. 

Past meetings

Year Topic Co-organiser
2020 Primate Welfare Meeting  
2019 Primate Welfare Meeting: Harmonising welfare indicators Newcastle University
2018 Primate Welfare Meeting  
2018 Temperament testing workshop MRC Centre for Macaques and Oregon National Primate Research Center
2017 Primate Welfare Meeting  
2017 NHP NACWO networking Newcastle University
2016 Primate Welfare Meeting: Cumulative severity and lifetime experience of NHPs used in research  
2015 Primate Welfare Meeting: 10 years of supporting NHP welfare  
2014 NHP NACWO networking University of Oxford
2014 Primate Welfare Meeting: Assessing and improving non-human primate welfare: new approaches from the UK Association of Primate Veterinarians
2013 Primate Welfare Meeting: Primate neuroimaging: tools for animal welfare and science University of Oxford, Newcastle University
2013 NHP NACWO networking  
2012 Primate training workshop: meet the trainers Huntingdon Life Sciences
2012 Primate Welfare Meeting: Chronic implants workshop: let’s share what works University of Oxford
2011 Primate Welfare Meeting: Welfare assessment, captive management, refining scientific procedures  
2010 Primate Welfare Meeting: Animal welfare, natural history and captive care, future directions in primate research  
2009 Primate Welfare Meeting: Refining scientific procedures European Primate Veterinarians
2008 Primate Welfare Meeting: Breeding and supply  
2007 Primate Welfare Meeting: Advances in housing  
2006 Welfare assessment  
2005 Socialisation and training