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When: August 8th, 2018 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Southwest National Primate Research Center, 8715 W. Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227


• $75 for those registered for the ASP 2018 conference

• $100 for those not registered for the ASP 2018 conference

This workshop includes a full day of instruction, discussion, and presentations covering the processes of positive reinforcement training (PRT) used to teach primates to cooperate with veterinary care procedures. Technical and programmatic elements necessary to facilitate completion of these behaviors are covered in the workshop and include: PRT tools and techniques (targets, use of reinforcers, desensitization), specific behavioral objectives (shifting and separation, conscious blood collection, injections, acupuncture, laser therapy, physical therapy, administration of other medications), and management of specific conditions (diabetes, osteoarthritis, stroke rehabilitation). Programmatic elements will touch upon broad aspects of program development, and more specific features such as the role of the veterinarians and managers, transitioning behaviors among staff, and maintenance of behavioral consistency.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for those working with primates in zoo, sanctuary and research environments including animal care managers, curators, behavior management specialists, caregivers, keepers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and research personnel. We are in the process of requesting Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credits for veterinarians attending the workshop.

Instructors are Jaine Perlman, Manager of the Behavior Management Unit at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Margaret Whittaker, Consultant, Creative Animal Behavior Solutions. These instructors each have more than 18 years of experience with training nonhuman primates and managing PRT programs in research, zoo and sanctuary environments. Additionally, invited speakers from all three types of facilities will present information about their veterinary care training programs.

Accommodations: Workshop participants are welcome to stay at the ASP conference hotel. See this link for ASP conference rates. Please click on the following link to make hotel reservations:

Boxed lunch will be provided.

Transportation to and from the hotel to SNPRC is not included. UBER and LYFT are available from the ASP conference hotel and cost is approximately $25-$35 per trip.

Registration: Registration will be open through the ASP website. Please register by July 6, 2018. Attendance will be limited, so please apply soon.

If you have questions about attending the workshop, please contact Jaine Perlman.

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Each year the APV Education Committee awards three trainee Travel Grant Awards to residents or graduate students as a way to defer the cost of travel to the annual workshop. The Travel Grant Award trainees will introduce themselves to their APV colleagues by presenting an oral case report, clinical investigation, or research project at the annual workshop. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, please click here.

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The annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists will be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 8-11, 2018. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding nonhuman primates (NHPs) is highly encouraged to attend! 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. For veterinarians and veterinary technicians, it is worth noting that the ASP is a RACE accredited organization, so you can earn continuing education credits at this meeting. Last year 9.0 credits were provided and we expect to offer at least that many at the upcoming meeting. Once the specific number of hours for this meeting is determined, it will be posted on the ASP website.

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LabRoots, Inc. is pleased to announce that they will once again host the Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) virtual conference. The 7th annual, two-day international event will take place on February 7th and 8th, 2018. The LAS Planning Committee, led by Dr. Szczepan Baran, Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and composed of more than 20 world-renowned experts, will plan and build out this premier, online-only conference that will focus on laboratory animal science.

This year’s theme is Laboratory Animal Research in 21st Century, with the following tracks:

  • Modernization of Animal Studies
  • Balancing Risk and Opportunities of Outsourcing Animal Research
  • Refinement

For information on submitting content and the program, click here.

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GLAS provides short-term research grants in laboratory animal science.

The mission of the AALAS Grants for Laboratory Animal Science (GLAS) Program is to enhance scientific knowledge in laboratory animal health and welfare through research, and to further promote collaborative efforts by the AALAS membership within the broader scientific community. The Scientific Advisory Committee oversees this program.

The GLAS Program provides competitive short-term research grants in the laboratory animal science field. Current AALAS members are invited to apply for one-year grants of up to $50,000 (Standard Grant) or $7,500 (Small Grant). The principal investigator (PI) must be an AALAS member but Co-PIs need not be members. PIs are strongly encouraged to include collaboration with a research scientist in their proposals. Examples of research interest are as follows: environmental conditions; housing and enrichment; pain and distress; health and welfare; euthanasia; and advancements in animal care and use. Refer to previous awards for examples of the kind of research supported.

An updated application form and submission guidelines will be posted on December 1.

The grant submission deadline is 11:59 pm CST February 1 of each year, and notifications of GLAS grant awards are sent by May 15.

For questions or comments, please email us.

Functionally Appropriate NHP Environments Is Suggested New Language

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.

Congratulations to the members who have been elected to serve APV.

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