General Primate Biology & Welfare
Maintaining the health and stability of the monkeys in our self-sustainable breeding colonies requires dedication and expertise. This is a joint effort between BPRC's caregivers, veterinarian staff, behavioral scientists, laboratory staff and experts in genetics.
The monkeys live in social groups that recognize their natural behavior and social structure. Their living space is designed to give them a free choice to be in- or outside. This is not only beneficial to the animals, it also increases the translational value of our research. In contrast to most laboratory, animals do not live under so called SPF conditions. These artificial environment also has an effect on the development of the immune system. Our animals are naturally exposed to many everyday microbes. Animals in our colonies spend time outside, exposing themselves to pollen, bird droppings, insects and many more antigens, just like people do, and as a result they have a fully and naturally maturated immune system.
To keep our animals in good physical condition we monitor the animals for their general health and behavior. The expertise of our team is underlined by the fact that two of our staff members take place in the association of European Primate Veterinarians. In this international network veterinarians and other experts share information on general primate biology and welfare. Read more >
Moreover, we serve as a helpdesk for zoos, breeding facilities, sanctuaries like Stichting Aap and (inter)national research institutes when it comes to general health care of non-human primates. Our Primate Viral Diagnostics laboratorium performed over 45,000 diagnostic tests for external professionals.
Highlights in 2018:
Scientific publication on premedication on anaesthetic induction in common marmosets