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Behavioral Management Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing

Second Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing, May 2-5, 2017
Hosted by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Workshop Content: This workshop (WOMPH) focuses on one of the most important components of the behavioral management of caged laboratory macaques: providing social opportunities through pair housing. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to learn about options for how to introduce macaques to one another, approaches for management of pair-housed monkeys and practices to help maintain the pairs over time. Workshop participants will learn to tailor their own pair-housing programs to the research and animal populations with which they work. The workshop instructors have a deep knowledge of the challenges associated with pair housing of macaques, publications on this topic and many years of real-world experience.

This 3.5-day workshop will provide behavioral, clinical, research and nonhuman primate care staff members, as well as managers and veterinarians, with practical information about methodological options for forming pairs, the tools for evaluating behavior and strategies for achieving positive short- and long-term outcomes. The information provided will be based on a scientific understanding of macaque behavior and on published studies evaluating pair housing. Lectures and demonstrations will be complemented by ample practice in decision making, problem solving and the evaluation of social compatibility through videotaped and live observation of macaques.

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals: This year, we are excited the WOMPH will be offered in conjunction with the 4th Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals. The Symposium will take place at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The second day of the Symposium will be the first day of WOMPH instruction. You can choose to attend WOMPH and the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals (May 1-5) or just WOMPH (May 2-5).

The goal of the symposium is to bring together experts in the behavior and science of laboratory animal species to exchange information with scientists, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members, veterinarians and animal care technicians about the social needs of social laboratory animal species and the means to achieve optimal social housing conditions in a variety of settings.  Lectures will give participants a strong foundation in the relevant research underlying socialization and behavioral management efforts, while the breakout sessions will allow participants to get feedback specific to their own facility from experts and colleagues. The first day is expected to cover dogs, rabbits, swine and rodents, as well as getting input from the USDA, OLAW and AAALACi regarding current policies and guidance. The second day will begin coverage of the current best practices for the social housing of rhesus, cynomolgus and pigtailed macaques. RACE credit is available for both days of the symposium.

WOMPH Locations: May 2: CDC, Atlanta, Georgia (as part of the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals)

May 3-5: Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station, near Lawrenceville, Georgia

Instructors: Mollie Bloomsmith (Yerkes), Kate Baker (Tulane National Primate Research Center), Kris Coleman (Oregon National Primate Research Center), Melissa Truelove (Yerkes)

Registration Fee for Participants: $ 875.00. This fee includes meeting registration, meals and transportation from the hotel to the meeting site each day, beginning Tuesday May 2 after the symposium. If you also choose to attend the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals (May 1), the additional fee is $100.00.

Participants must make their own hotel reservations and pay for this separately (information to do so will be provided when you complete the registration form). Participants will also pay for their own transportation to the Atlanta area, and from the Atlanta airport to the hotel and back.

To Reserve Your Place in the Workshop:  Please click here.

Once accepted, Jason Cowan-Brown, WOMPH Coordinator, will provide you with registration and related materials.

Space is limited, and the workshop will be filled on a “first-paid, first-served” basis, so please submit your registration information and fee as soon as possible to confirm your place.

Questions: If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Jason Cowan-Brown, WOMPH Coordinator, at