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

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List of training protocols

Please find in the following a list of available training protocols. In order to be put in contact with the responsible trainer, please write an email [here]

Weighting training 1
Species:
Common marmoset
Goal: This protocol describes the way in which the weight training for marmosets.

Weighting training 2
Species:
Common marmoset
Goal: The goal of this training is to train an animal to stand in a balance to be weighted.

Syringe feed training
Species:
Common marmoset, Rhesus macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to:
- Familiarize animals with the animal caretaker
- Familiarize animals to get a reward in the cage
- Gives option to administer oral medication

Tube training
Species:
Common marmoset
Goal: The ultimate goal of the training is to catch the animals in a quick, easy and predictable way with the help of the catch tube.

Target training 1
Species:
Common marmoset, Rhesus macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train an animal to touch the correct color target, without hesitation to follow through the entire cage and to keep him in the lock for at least 10 seconds.

Target training 2
Species:
Long-tailed macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train an animal to touch/follow a target.

Target Training 3
Species:
All species
Goal: Training an animal to touch a target, such as a shoehorn or part of the cage, on cue.

Target training 4
Species:
Göttingen minipigs
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train the animal to touch a part of you, something you are holding or some other object.

Balcony box training
Species:
Common marmoset
Goal: The purpose of this training is to teach marmosets to get into the balcony box. Then the gate can be closed and the animals can be set apart.

Sliding training
Species:
Rhesus macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to be able to move animals between cages.

Feeding training
Species:
Rhesus macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to teach the animals to come forward and tackle food from the hand of the caretaker.

Presenting body parts training 1
Species:
Long-tailed macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train an animal to present different body parts.

Present body parts Training 2
Species:
All species
Goal: Training an animal to allow you to examine other body parts.

Hand command training 1
Species:
Long-tailed macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train an animal to present their hand/food for inspection.

Hand Command Training 2
Species:
All species
Goal: Training an animal to allow you to examine her hands.

Saliva sampling training
Species:
Olive baboons, Rhesus macaques
Goal: The purpose of this training is to train an animal to chew a swab to sampling saliva.

Treadmill bipedal walk training
Species:
Olive baboons
Goal: The goal of this training is to train an animal to walk bipedally in a treadmill for research pourposes.

Pole & collar training
Species:
Olive baboons
Goal: The goal of this training is to train an animal to accept to be moved with the aid of a pool and collar system.

Habituation Training
Species:
All species
Goal: Getting naive or frightened animals used to and calm in the presence of a person in front of the cage. This greatly facilitates the start of proper training.

Cooperative Training
Species:
All species
Goal: Reduce aggression around training time, by training dominant individuals to sit and stay in one location while the trainer feeds or trains other, subordinate animals.

Injection Training
Species:
All species
Goal: Training an animal to press the thigh to the cage bars on cue and hold still for an injection.

Videos

Ms Jennifer McMillan, Emory University, USA. Review of an international survey of approaches to chair restraint of NHP and other chair training refinements/protocols.
February 15th, 2018 from 03:00 to 05:00 pm (GMT+1)
Dr Pablo Molina Vila, Primatology Station, France. Training of bipedal locomotion in olive baboons.
February 15th, 2018 from 03:00 to 05:00 pm (GMT+1)
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.
Find a video of the lecture (Molina only) [here]
Request password for video [here]

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.
Find a video of the lecture [here]
Request password for video [here]

Ms Melissa Truelove, Emory University, USA. Identification of Welfare Indicators for Laboratory-Housed Macaques (Macaca) using a Delphi Consultation Process,
February 21st, 2019 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Find a video of the lecture [here]
Request password for video [here]