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5th Annual Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals

June 4-5, 2018
USDA National Agricultural Library
Beltsville, MD


You may also register on-site. 

Local hotel: Courtyard Greenbelt
6301 Golden Triangle Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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Registration Options

Registration Options:

The symposium and the didactic portion of the workshop will be held on June 4th and 5th at USDA National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD.

  1. Attend both days of the Social Housing Symposium (June 4 and 5, 2018) $250; post-doc, resident and government rates: $200; student rate: $125.
  2. Attend one day of the Social Housing Symposium (June 4 or June 5, 2018) $150; post-doc, resident and government rates: $125; student rate: $75.

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*If you are attending only one day, please select the correct option on the registration page, here.
*If you are registering as a student, post-doc or resident please email proof and registration to Michelle Downes (

Draft Agenda:


6/3/2018: National Zoo Visit, Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, June 3rd at 10am, there will be a tour of the National Zoo, including the veterinary hospital. The tour is open to a maximum of 40 people. Please indicate if you wish to attend the tour when you register.  

DAY 1: 6/4/2018, USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD

8:30-8:45: Organizer’s Welcome

8:45-9:45: Play Behavior and Positive Affective States
Jamie Ahloy Dallaire

9:45-10:30: Social Housing of Rabbits
Sarah Thurston

10:30-11:00: Break

11:00-11:45: Social Housing of Miniature Swine
Derek Brocksmith

11:45-12:30: Natural Behavior and Housing of Rats
Joanna Makowska

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:30: Case Studies from the Field: a Perspective from USDA, OLAW, and AAALAC International
Representatives: Gwendalyn Maginnis, Patricia Brown, and Gary Borkowski​

2:30-4:50: Breakout Sessions

6:30pm: Speaker dinner

DAY 2, 6/5/2018

8:30-9:20: Housing Considerations during Harm-Benefit Analysis
Kathy Laber, invited

9:20-10:10: Social Housing of Old World Primates
Dawn Abney

10:10-10:40  Break

10:40-11:30: Social Housing of Macaques in Real World Conditions
Kelly Metcalf Pate and Joe Mankowski

11:30-12:30: Group Learning Activity

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:20: Psychological Well-being of Fish – Where We’ve Come from and Where We’re Going
Becca Franks

2:30-4:50: Breakout Sessions

For further information, please contact Michelle Downes (

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Call or email Michelle Downes ( at 410-614-4990 to provide your information over the phone, Monday through Friday, 9am - 4:30pm EDT. Or fax the completed form to: +1-410-614-2871.

Mailing Address:
615 N Wolfe St, W7032
Baltimore, MD 21205