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Animal Welfare Enhancement Awards - 2005 Recipients

Testing the efficiency of a novel training technique for socially housed primates
Kelly Schultz
 National Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This research will be analyzing the usefulness of a novel training technique for rhesus macaques in social enclosures. When training is successfully carried to completion the animals will be able to leave the social enclosure on an individual basis to the cue of a visual signal. This signal will take the form of a plastic shape composed of an outer and an inner portion. Each of these portions will have a different shape and color allowing for maximal differences between individual animal's signals. Time spent training each animal will be analyzed to assess the efficiency of training and to determine if any ages or genders are more responsive. The time needed to train other lab animal technicians to learn this process and successfully apply it to the animal will also be recorded. This technique will be useful in allowing researchers to keep animals that need to be handled on a regular basis (blood collection, injections, etc) in social groups while requiring minimal work and institutional resources to train and remove them.