AAP Summer Course 2013: husbandry of rescued primates

Summer Course: Husbandry of rescued primates

Macaca BerberíaAAP Rescue centre for Exotic Animals in Almere, The Netherlands, is one of the world’s major primate rescue, rehabilitation and resocialisation centres. For more than 40 years, AAP has rehabilitated many primate species, amongst which chimpanzees, macaques, baboons and vervet monkeys, but also other mammals, like raccoons, coatis and squirrels. These animals all had in common that they were kept under poor circumstances and were in desperate need to be rescued. Some used to live as pets, others as clowns in circuses, as laboratory animals or were living in zoos of poor quality.

AAP is an expert in the field of animal rehabilitation. The animals that enter rescue centres often lack species-appropriate behaviour, are used to unnatural diets (like chocolate and French fries) and may be ill or have zoonotic diseases. AAP provides these animal with a temporary home, rehabilitates them and eventually relocates them to a more permanent home (for example zoos). With more than 40 years of experience and currently more than 100 animals that are rescued annually, AAP has a leading role regarding the rescue and rehabilitation of primates in Europe.

This course will provide participants the unique chance to learn more about all the aspects of veterinary and behavioural care and about the role of sanctuaries in prevention of primate exploitation by humans. This course will be held at a top European rescue centre, which has accumulated decades of knowledge into a well-balanced and challenging course for students and experienced caretakers.

Aim of the course

As a non-profit organization, AAP is more than willing to share its knowledge with people who have an interest in animal rescue and rehabilitation. The aim of this course is to provide the participants with a large amount of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge on primate and mammal rescue and rehabilitation. The topics range from veterinary rehabilitation to ethology, and nutrition to AAP policy issues. The course provides an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about rescue, rehabilitation and resocialisation of primates in one of Europe’s leading primate rescue facilities.

Course outline

The course will be held from 26 until 30 August 2013. During the sessions, there will be several theoretical topics, like veterinary care, housing and enrichment and behavioural monitoring. These presentations will be given by experts on the particular topics. The theoretical knowledge of the presentations will be the base of the practical work at AAP. Participants will get hands-on experience with many aspects of the rescue centre.

Target group

The course is for everyone who is a MSc student (or a higher educational level), a caretaker that can handle BSc+ level, or a managers of a rescue facility. If you meet these criteria, would like the opportunity to learn about all aspects of primate rescue and are interested in applied animal management and behaviour, you are invited to register. The unique combination of managers from rescue facilities, caretakers and students will allow participants to expand their professional network.

Date 26-30 August 2013
Number of participants Max. 20
Registration You can register online here until juli 1st
Location AAP, Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals, Almere, The Netherlands, Chimp lecture room
Language English
Program You can find the program for the course here.
Costs € 395,- for students
€ 595,- regular enrolments
Payment includes: coffee, tea, lunch breaks, AAP drinks and closing diner.
Accommodation Excluding overnight stays. For possible accommodations in Almere click here. If you would like us to help you find accommodation, please contact us at summercourse@aap.nl.
Contact/more informatioen For more information, send an e-mail to: summercourse@aap.nl.

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