The EUPRIM-Net Project
Courses offered by the ABM/PRT* Seminar Group (Work Package 3)
*ABM-Animal Behavioural Management, PRT-Positive Reinforcement Training
A Seminar Group has been formed, consisting of veterinarians, ethologists, and animal trainers. Together, we have created eight lectures on topics regarding Animal Behaviour Management, ranging from breeding laboratory primates to enrichment and problem solving.
We now offer to come to your facility and present them. We customize our combination of lectures according to your needs; for instance, you might be interested in learning more about how to conduct behavioural studies and how to start training your primates.
All lectures are 3-4 hours long and the target audience is animal technicians; however we believe that all personnel involved in managing the colony, including scientists, would benefit from attending! Below follows a short description of the different lectures, with links to further information.
- Ecology and behaviour of primates - In this lecture, we describe natural, including social behaviour, of common laboratory primates - important knowledge when housing a particular species.
- How to optimize laboratory primate housing and cages - An empty cage is useless to the animals. This lecture gives ideas of how to plan and improve the animals' living quarters. Improved welfare may improve the quality of the science!
- An introduction to primate training - This lecture gives the basic tools to start training animals to collaborate in procedures, facilitate housing and handling, and improve human-animal relationships!
- Environmental enrichment in primate facilities - We present a structured approach to why and how a modern enrichment program may be implemented in this lecture.
- Breeding laboratory primates - How do you optimize breeding success? This lecture gives ideas with regards to primate breeding, incorporating veterinary, behavioural and practical perspectives.
- Solving behavioural problems - Animals don't always behave the way we want them to. In this lecture, we present a structured approach to solving common behavioural problems in primate facilities.
- How to observe and measure behaviour - Did the enrichment programme work? Which individuals are compatible for pair housing? From a management perspective observing and measuring behaviour is capital. This lecture adresses those issues.
- Why stress matters - In this lecture, we argue that we need to be concerned with reducing stress both to improve welfare and the quality of the science.
Please contact us for more information at euprim @ dpz.eu!
Find special courses on general primate biology and essential aspects of enhanced primate husbandry for scientists/veterinarian/students or animal care takers/technicians [here]; [pdf flyer]
(Work Package 4)