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L.F. Mikkelsen , M. Carlsen , L. Holst , M.O. Jørgensen , J. Stagegaard
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 Novo Nordisk A/S, Maaloev, Denmark, Copenhagen Zoo, Copenhagen, Denmark, Ree
Park - Ebeltoft Safari, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Presenter email: lfmi@novonordisk.com

A unique collaboration between Novo Nordisk, a Danish biopharmaceutical company, Ree
Park – Ebeltoft Safari and Copenhagen Zoo, both having large non-human primate collections
and the experience with re-housing of non-human primates, has been established to ensure
that knowledge concerning best practice housing and care of non-human primates are
mutually available and to ensure that a continuous update on best practice is communicated
to all users of non-human primates. Non-human primates are still used as a necessary animal
model to evaluate certain drugs for efficacy and safety prior to the testing in humans and to
model certain human disease states. We recognise that the use of non-human primates for
research purposes, due to ethical, welfare and conservation grounds, is a cause of concern
and some people advocate for a global ban due to the animals’ behavioural and social
complexity. All Novo Nordisk sponsored non-human primate studies are performed by
external contractors and we feel a responsibility to ensure that all animals are housed and
cared for according to their needs, as we recognise non-human primates as a complex, social
species with species specific behavioural needs. To be thoroughly and currently updated on
best practice housing and care and actively participate in ensuring implementation at our
external contractors and share knowledge with other users of non-human primates, like
zoological collections, we see the group as an important forum to share better practice and
implement better behavioural and training programmes for users of non-human primates,
regardless of being industry, academia, or zoological collections.

Keywords: welfare, behaviour, training, housing

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