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2017 Election Results

Congratulations to the following APV members who have been elected to serve the association:

Vice President: Drew Martin
Treasurer: Laurie Brignolo
Trustees: Lorna Millen, Diane Stockinger
Newsletter Editor: Geraldine Fleurie

Joint Position Statement Regarding Functionally Appropriate NHP Environments

The American Society of Primatologists (ASP), the Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV), and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) have come together to develop this position statement in which the term "functionally appropriate nonhuman primate environments" is proposed as a better descriptor and as an alternative to the previously used term, "ethologically appropriate environments" to describe environments that are suitable for nonhuman primates involved in biomedical research.

Plan ahead for the 27th International Primatological Society Congress August 19-25, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya

The International Primatological Society was created to encourage all areas of nonhuman primatological scientific research, to facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and to promote the conservation of all primate species. The society is organized exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable purposes. Visit the planning page to stay updated and maybe plan a safari while you’re in Africa

Workshop Registration Open

Registration and housing is now open for the 2017 Workshop in Austin. Members can register online here, while nonmembers must use this form. For information on housing, transportation, the program, and corporate sponsorship, please visit the workshop page.

2017 European Primate Veterinarians Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2017 European Primate Veterinarians seminar. It will be held from November 30 through December 1, 2017 in Goettingen, German. For more information and registration documents, click here. The meeting will focus on cases, techniques, and applications for research, as well as legislative updates and other topical subjects.

Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing: May 2-5 2017

Hosted by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, this workshop 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. For additional information, click here.

American Society of Primatologists 40th Meeting: Aug 25-28, 2017

The 40th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists will be held in Washington, D.C. August 25-28, 2017 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding nonhuman primates (NHPs) is highly encouraged to attend!

The goals of the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) are to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates. The membership of ASP is diverse and includes a wide range of conservation biologists, behavioral scientists, university professors, basic laboratory researchers, animal care professionals, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. ASP members work with NHPs in the field, in laboratories, universities, zoological gardens, and sanctuaries. Through this varied membership, the ASP annual meetings provide a unique mixture of presentations on many topics such as conservation, cognition, ecology, social behavior, welfare, health, and genetics. Anyone engaged in the scientific study of NHPs or who is interested in supporting these goals, may apply for membership. The breadth of membership and content of the ASP annual meetings is a great strength and we are hopeful that you will consider joining us this year in Washington D.C.

Previous interactions and collaborations among attendees of the ASP annual conferences have provided NHP health care professionals with information related to the species-specific behaviors of NHPs and have helped shape contemporary husbandry practices for captive primates.  Likewise, the field-scientist and behavioral specialists at these conferences have benefitted from information provided by health care professionals with regard to clinical care, sedation, and common disease manifestations related to their species-of-interests.

For veterinarians and veterinary technicians, it is also worth noting that the ASP is approved for 9.25 RACE credits.

Monkey White Paper

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today the release of the white paper, The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research. The white paper is a collaboration between FBR and eight premier scientific groups: the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Transplant Foundation, the Endocrine Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Society for Neuroscience.

The white paper highlights the essential role NHPs historically have and continue to play in finding treatments for serious and life-altering conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Zika virus, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease. To learn more about how research with NHPs is contributing to lifesaving cures for people, please download the white paper, The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research or visit fbresearch.org.

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