The EU funded project EUPRIM-Net networks eight European primate centres and is aimed at advancing knowledge and competence in biological and biomedical research, animal keeping and breeding. The project objectives focus on animal welfare, the standardisation of procedures and methods as well as training for those working with primates.
The Objectives of EUPRIM-Net Work Package 4
The rational and ethical use of primates in basic and applied biological and biomedical research must be based on a sound knowledge of general primate biology by scientists and all other staff involved in this research. Knowledge of morphological, physiological, behavioural and ecological characteristics of primates in general and of those primate species which are used in biological and biomedical research in particular is essential for planning and conducting studies and experiments. Furthermore, knowledge of husbandry, including keeping, nutrition, breeding, and handling is essential both for good scientific practice and for the sake of animal welfare.
While this primatological knowledge exists it is distributed and particularly outside the European Primate Centres it is difficult to get exposure to a structured teaching of the state-of-the-art of knowledge about primatology.
Therefore this network activity has the following objectives:
This activity will have considerable impact across Europe. It will: