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Animal welfare, Ethics

08 - 08 - 2017

Better use of retention chairs for primates

Primates are irreplaceable animals for some studies and need to be immobilized, for example, for cognitive tests, MRIs, neuronal activity recordings, injections or specimens.


A study by the NC3Rs (UK) and the Atlanta (USA) primatology centre published today * provides an update on the best practices in this area: the type of restraint chair, the transfer of animals, the habituation, the staff training. More than 100 user establishments responded to the survey.


This study will reduce the stress and discomfort of animals to a minimum, and will improve the scientific quality of the tests. A workshop on this theme will be held at the annual AALAS Symposium on October 19th in Austin, Texas.


* Free access from February 2018.