History

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.
Director
Primate Research Centers Program
ARE, DRR, NIH

Amos E. Palmer, D.V.M.
Research Veterinarian
Infectious Diseases Branch
C&FR, NINDS, NIH