General Primate Biology & Welfare
Maintaining the health and stability of the monkeys in our self-sustainable breeding colonies and research facility requires dedication and expertise. This is a joint effort between animal caretakers, veterinarian staff, ethologists, laboratory staff and experts in genetics.
The expertise of our team is underlined by the fact that two of our employees serve on the board of the association of European Primate Veterinarians (respectively position of secretary and president). In this international network veterinarians and other primate experts share information on specific primate biology, veterinary knowledge and animal welfare.
The monkeys in the breeding colonies live in social groups that mimics 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 animal’s welfare, it also increases the translational value of our research: animals in our breeding colonies spend time outside, and therefore are exposed to pollen, bird droppings, insects and many more antigens, just like people are, and as a result of that they have a fully and naturally maturated immune system.
To monitor and maintain the health status of our monkeys, the monkeys are checked for their general health and behavior minimum twice daily. We have a fully equipped surgery room, including the availability of a digital X-ray, an ultrasound machine and a dedicated primate PET-CT scan to support our team.
Moreover, we serve as a helpdesk for zoos, sanctuaries like Stichting Aap and (inter)national research institutes when it comes to general health care of non-human primates. Our Primate Viral Diagnostics laboratory performed over 37,500 diagnostic tests for external professionals.