Non-human primates (NHPs) continue to serve unique animal research needs. Decades of biomedical research have focused on humane restraint and social and environmental enrichment programs necessary to support NHPs, but the housing and care of NHPs remain challenging because of the occupational safety hazards faced by employees who are tasked with the care and use of these valuable animals. Key to obtaining reliable results, providing humane care and ensuring occupational safety when working with NHPs is a sound annual wellness examination. Clinical techniques in veterinary medicine have improved in parallel with efforts to improve psychological well-being, so the timing is opportune to update clinical techniques inside the primate facility.
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