JOIN DAWN ABNEY, BA, LAT, CRL
Working in the lab animal research field with nonhuman primates presents interesting and unique challenges. We have a regulatory and moral responsibility to provide them with opportunities to express species typical behavior, but we also know they need to be accessible for research needs, observations, husbandry, and veterinary care. How do we care for these animals, create unique housing environments, minimize restraint or stress associated with study procedures, and stay within timelines and budgetary concerns for conducting research? In this presentation, I will challenge the current thought process for how we house and conduct research with the animals in our care. Our goal, as animal care professionals, should be to always look for the ‘next best thing’ for our animals and their welfare!
ABOUT DAWN … Dawn is the Senior Manager for the Laboratory Animal Medicine Department at Charles River in Reno, NV. In her role she oversees multiple sub-departments including the Behavioral Medicine Program, NHP Group Housing area, and the Vet Services Department. Each group serves a vital role in the daily operations of a large CRO. The site houses over 3,200 cynomolgus and rhesus macaques, but also conducts rodent work. Her responsibilities include overseeing the veterinary care, husbandry and training of group housed NHPs, daily enrichment, socialization, and behavioral observations for all NHPs on site, and ensuring a high level of welfare and care is provided throughout vivarium operations. Dawn joined Charles River in January 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience working with nonhuman primates. Prior to joining CRL, Dawn worked with chimpanzees and rhesus macaques at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, TX. After leaving Texas, she has worked with several lab animal species as a behaviorist. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.