American Society of Primatologists (ASP) Conference

It is not too late to plan to attend the in-person ASP conference in Oklahoma City, November 17 – 20, 2021! There will be 7.75 RACE credits available through sessions on physiology and neuroscience, managing macaque social groups, reproduction, colony management and health.

Highlighted, one-hour talks will be:

 “The Impact of Behavioral Management on the Primate Experience, their Caregivers, and Successful Clinical Translation” by Melanie Graham

“A One Health Approach to Understanding and Mitigating Pathogenic Threats to Wild Primates” by Tom Gillespie

“The Medicine of Life: Social Life and Survival in Wild Primates” by Distinguished Primatologist Award winner Susan Alberts  

“Proyecto Tití:  Successful Efforts to Conserve Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) in Colombia” by Anne Savage

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APV offers three types of travel grants: post-doc/resident, student, and for a member of the European Primate Veterinarians. Each type of grant has different submission criteria. See below for instructions and the scoring rubrics. Submission for all grants will reopen once a new date for the workshop is set.

Post-Doc/Resident Travel Grants
Submission instructions
Scoring rubric
Submission form

Student Travel Grants
Submission instructions
Scoring rubric
Submission form

EPV Member Travel Grant
Submission instructions
Scoring rubric
Submission form

Case Report Submission

APV invites submission of posters and clinical cases for presentation in either the case report or “What’s Your Diagnosis” format. These presentations of cases and clinical experiences are the backbone of the APV Workshop. We are looking for interesting and relevant clinical cases, research applications, new models, behavioral management strategies, and nonhuman primate psychological enrichment or welfare information. Submission will reopen once a new date for the workshop is set.

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Congratulations to the following individuals who will be serving in APV leadership in the coming years.

Vice President:
Diana Scorpio
Texas Biomedical Research Institution
1 (443) 418-7261

Melissa Berg

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
1 (608) 400-5616

Anna Goodroe
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
1 (713) 743-9199

Greg Timmel
Oregon National Primate Center
1 (503) 346-5311

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The APV Election will open June 1. Be sure to review the candidates so you can make an informed decision on who should lead APV. Elections will be held electronically, Specific instructions will be sent to members prior to the opening of the electronic election process. Candidate bio-sketches may be reviewed by clicking on the names below.

Vice President

This position requires a four year (2021-2024) commitment to serve through Past President and requires provision of leadership and vision for APV, attendance at workshops, planning and attending BOD meetings at workshops, planning and participation in monthly and other teleconferences, planning of the 2022 workshop, and active service on standing committees, as required. The Vice President will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Diana Scorpio

Trustees (two positions available)

This position requires a two-year (2021-2022) commitment, and requires attendance at BOD meetings at the workshop, participation in bimonthly teleconferences, and active service on standing committees, as assigned. Each trustee will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Jaco Bakker
Kate Breyer
Anna Goodroe
Andrew Gorman
Stacy Seelye
Gregory Timmel


This position requires a minimum of a two-year (2021-2022) commitment, and requires attendance at BOD meetings at workshops, planning and participation in bimonthly teleconferences, active service on standing committees. The Secretary will record and maintain permanent records of all BOD meetings/teleconferences along with the membership business meetings. The Secretary will maintain permanent records of the Organization, conduct official correspondence of the Organization, and introduce matters for consideration to the Board of Directors. The Secretary will be a voting member of the Board of Directors.

Melissa Berg
Melissa de la Garza
Lorna Millen
Diane Stockinger


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Learn How Animals Have Contributed

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) has produced a global interactive map based on World Heath Organization (WHO) data and EARA sources, displaying the efforts currently underway across the world to find a treatment for COVID-19, that involves the use of research animals.

The page, located here, provides a one-stop shop for the media and the public to understand the global collaborative efforts under way to combat the pandemic.

The page is being updated daily as more researchers contact EARA with information and as more research becomes known.

Join the Community!

APV has launched an all membership community. It will be a place to engage with other APV members, share information, and learn from your peers – an excellent tool for member engagement.

You will automatically be added to the APV Community. To view the APV Community, members will need to login to the AALAS Community Exchange (ACE): Your login information for the community site will be the same as your login for the APV website. If you need assistance logging into the site, please contact or 901-754-8620.

Upon logging into the community site for the first time, you will be prompted to accept the Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines. AALAS is the host for branch and affiliate communities, which may have additional rules or guidelines. All community participants must follow the general community rules established by AALAS.

You will be able to send a message to the APV Community directly from your email. The email address for the APV Community is You have the option of logging into the community site to post and review discussions or sending your message from your email – no login required! In addition to the discussion forum, the APV Community will include a resource library for uploading and downloading files.  Now you can share helpful documents with community colleagues. There will also be a directory of community participants. This feature will enhance direct communication and networking with fellow members.

If you have any technical issues using the community site, please contact the community administrator at


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The 2020 APV Ultrasound Workshop will focus on abdominal imaging in primates. Didactic lectures and labs will be provided by multiple veterinary specialists in the field. The workshop will also provide unique opportunities for hands on experience with abdominal ultrasound examination in small group sessions involving live animal wet labs and dry labs. Registration will be capped at 32 participants in order to provide as much individual learning opportunity as possible. Additional details on the program and registration will be available this fall. Mark your calendars and join us as we explore the field of abdominal ultrasonography!

Location: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, Bastrop, TX
Date: March 25-27, 2020
Program Details: available Fall of 2019
Registration: opens November 2019

For questions, please contact Anna Goodroe.

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Announcing the “Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing”

Hosted by the Oregon National Primate Research Center

July 9-12, 2019

Workshop Content: 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.

This 3.5-day workshop will provide behavioral, clinical, research and 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.

Dates: July 9-12. 2019. Workshop ends around noon Friday, July 12.

Location: Oregon National Primate Research Center; Beaverton, Oregon

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

Registration Fee for Participants: $ 925.00. This fee will include meeting registration, meals and transportation between the hotel and the meeting site each day.

Hotel Information: The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn, Hillsboro ( The special WoMPH rate is $143 per night, including breakfast. Participants must make their own hotel reservation and pay for this separately (information will be provided).

To Reserve Your Place in the Workshop: please contact Kris Coleman ( Once accepted, we will provide you with registration information and related materials. Space is limited, and the workshop will be filled on a “first-paid-first-served” basis, so please contact us and submit your registration information and fee as soon as possible to confirm your place in the workshop.

Further questions? If you have questions about the Workshop, please contact Kris Coleman at

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For the past year, the Behavioral Management Consortium of the National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) has been hosting a quarterly webinar series to enhance the behavioral welfare of nonhuman primates living in research settings. The series features well-qualified speakers discussing a wide variety of topics including social housing and the management of social behavior, environmental enrichment and associated behavioral change, animal training techniques to enhance welfare, behavioral monitoring methods, and defining animal welfare. The Behavioral Management Consortium is very pleased to collaborate with the Association of Primate Veterinarians to invite all members of APV to attend these hour-long webinar presentations. APV members will receive an email notification a few weeks prior to each webinar, and can individually log in to the webinars as desired. Web conference information for joining each session will be distributed 2-days prior to the webinar. If there are multiple participants at your location, please consider reserving a conference room and participate as a group to limit the number of webinar connections.

Our next webinar will be offered on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:00 EDT, specifically for APV members. Dr. Allison Heagerty of the Oregon National Primate Research Center will speak on “Alopecia in Captive Monkeys: Potential Causes and Treatments."

Speaker: Allison Heagerty, PhD, Social Housing Coordinator, Behavioral Services Unit at the Oregon National Primate Research Center

Title: Alopecia in Captive Monkeys: Potential Causes and Treatments

When: Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 EST

Description: Alopecia is a common condition among captive non-human primates. Although there has been progress in correlating hair loss to both endogenous and exogenous variables, in the vast majority of cases alopecia has not been definitively attributed to one single cause. In this webinar I will discuss potential welfare implications of alopecia in rhesus macaques, as well as methods for quantifying hair loss. I will then describe various environmental, demographic, and physiological factors that are correlated with hair loss. Finally, I will highlight some potential methods that may help to ameliorate alopecia. This talk will be appropriate for anyone working with nonhuman primates, who are interested in knowing about the current understanding of alopecia in the field of animal welfare.

For more information on the NPRC Behavioral Management Consortium, please click here.