We have participated in the development and publication of a detailed report, which sets out refinements in housing, husbandry and common procedures, such as capture, restraint, identification, dosing and sampling. It also contains advice on issues such as primate communication, assessing and facilitating primate wellbeing, establishing and maintaining social groups, environmental and nutritional enrichment, sourcing and quarantine. Published in Laboratory Animals the report is a key resource for scientists, animal technicians and veterinarians responsible for caring for laboratory primates and conducting procedures, as well as those involved in designing experiments and managing studies.
Additional information can also be found in the IPS International Guidelines for the Acquisition, Care and Breeding of Non-Human Primates (second edition) which are particularly useful for research using wild populations and for breeding centres.
We have summarised the ethical issues involved with the use of non-human primates in research, and the ways in which these are commonly addressed under regulatory frameworks. Staff also participated in the Bateson review of 10 years of UK publicly funded primate research, and the Animal Procedures Committee review of the assessment of cumulative severity and lifetime experience in non-human primates used in neuroscience studies.