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The Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV) is an international organization consisting of over 400 veterinarians concerned with the health, care and welfare of nonhuman primates (NHPs). APV was informally initiated in 1973 by a key group of attendees at the Workshop in the Clinical Care of Nonhuman Primates, March 7-8, 1973 (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland). The organization became more formally recognized, as the Association of Primate Veterinary Clinicians, when bylaws were established at the Annual Workshop in 1979. In 1983, the organization's name was changed to the Association of Primate Veterinarians. Our current membership consists of veterinarians who work with, provide and oversee care for a wide variety of NHP species in a broad range of settings. These settings include research facilities in major universities including the National Primate Research Centers, industry, and zoos as well as breeders and importers of primates for research. Our objectives are to promote the dissemination of information relating to the health, care and welfare of nonhuman primates; to provide a mechanism by which primate veterinarians may speak collectively on matters regarding nonhuman primates; and to promote fellowship among primate veterinarians.
Following is the Foreword from "Proceedings of the Workshop in the Clinical Care of Nonhuman Primates", March 7-8, 1973 (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland):
The clinical care of nonhuman primates is a highly specialized area of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and a great deal of knowledge and experience has been gained by the clinical veterinarians engaged in primate medicine. This knowledge and experience, however, is not readily available to those responsible for clinical care of nonhuman primates. A workshop was organized in order to provide a mechanism whereby information could be shared on an informal basis. This was the first workshop where problems encountered by clinical veterinarians in the care of nonhuman primates could be discussed. It was attended by 43 veterinarians representing primate research centers, research organizations, medical schools, industry, and federal laboratories.
The workshop was organized jointly by the Animal Resources Branch, DRR, and the Veterinary Resources Branch, DRS, NIH. Dr. Michale Keeling, of the Yerkes Primate Center, and Dr. Arthur Hall, of the Oregon Primate Research Center, served on the Organizing Committee.
In general, the workshop was well received by the participants, and they suggested that similar workshops be conducted on an annual basis, preferably at different primate facilities.
William J. Goodwin, Ph.D.
Primate Research Centers Program
ARE, DRR, NIH
Amos E. Palmer, D.V.M.
Infectious Diseases Branch
C&FR, NINDS, NIH