Behaviour Management and Training of
Laboratory non-human Primates and Large
Laboratory Animals (CA15131)

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Journal Clubs/Webinars

The web-based PRIMTRAIN Journal Clubs aim at disseminating selected relevant literature to the PRIMTRAIN consortium and other interested stakeholders. The PRIMTRAIN webinars share good practices at animal keeping facilites regarding animal behaviour management and positive reinforcement training.

Sharing knowledge (February 21st, 2019 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM): Ms Melissa Truelove, Emory University, USA. Identification of Welfare Indicators for Laboratory-Housed Macaques (Macaca) using a Delphi Consultation Process,
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Journal Club the 23rd May 2018 from 04:00 to 05:00 pm (GMT+1):
Emily Bethell et al.: Cognitive bias to assess psychological wellbeing in non-humans primates. How can we move from theory to practice? (doi: 10.7120/09627286.21.2.185)
During this webinar Emily talked through the traditional cognitive bias method developed to measure 'optimism' and 'pessimism' in nonhuman primates (Bethell et al. 2012). A challenge facing welfare scientists is how to apply what we learn from experiments to develop tools that can be used in real world settings. She discussed the pros and cons of the cognitive bias methodology for application in primate facilities and identified future directions.
Emily Bethell is a Senior Lecturer in Primate Behaviour at the Liverpool John Moores University ( and she is working on the study of animal emotions and cognition since 1997.
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Sharing Knowledge (February 15th, 2018 from 03:00 to 05:00 pm (GMT+1)): Ms Jennifer McMillan, Emory University, USA. Review of an international survey of approaches to chair restraint of NHP and other chair training refinements/protocols.
Dr Pablo Molina Vila, Primatology Station, France. Training of bipedal locomotion in olive baboons.
Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) and Animal Behavioural Management (ABM) of non-human primates (NHP) and other large laboratory animals used in biomedical research reduce the stress level for the animals, promote more reliable results, facilitate the refinement of methods and procedures and lead to increased safety, both for animals and personnel. Furthermore, well trained animals, that are physically and psychologically healthy, are very much in demand and have a high market value.
PRT requires skill and careful planning; otherwise the risk of mistakes training the animal is high. Sharing experience and knowledge improves training skills and can foster the development of training protocols, which is an essential part preventing training mistakes.
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The first Journal Club took place 1st of November 2016 at the PRIMTRAIN Opening Conference in Göttingen. Karolina Westlund presented her article on "Training pair-housed Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) using a combination of negative and positive reinforcement" in Behavioural Processes 113 · December 2014 (DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.12.008).