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A collaboration between EUPRIM-Net, AnimalConcepts & Biomedical Primate Research Centre.

A 3-day workshop on primate welfare and training.

The dates are 30th of September - 2nd of October, 2013.

This seminar is now fully booked!

This seminar consists of lectures and practical sessions and group activities.
Topics including animal welfare, learning, training the trainer, planning training sessions, group animal training, husbandry, research training, training exercises and problem solving workshops.
There will be a tour of the BPRC as well as viewing of primate training sessions.

2013 BPRC
Dr. Mark Prescott is Head of Research Management and Communications at the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). He trained as a zoologist and primatologist before forging a career in laboratory animal welfare. He has published on many aspects of the care and use of non-human primates in research, including training using positive reinforcement and refining food/fluid control. He serves on numerous primatological, ethics and advisory committees.
Eva Marie Wergård has been working with animals her entire life and is currently a PhD-student at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, studying training perspectives in non-human primates. Her interest in animals and training began in dogs and horses, and led her to an MSc in ethology 2008: domestication effects in dogs.

Marit Vernes is animal trainer and enrichment coordinator at BPRC. She has been working in this position for the last 4 years. The main aims of her work are to improve animal welfare and the way animals and humans interact with each other through positive reinforcement training, environmental enrichment and observation. Furthermore, Marit is also involved as lecturer in EUPRIM-Net, educating in animal behavioral management and positive reinforcement training.

Sabrina Brando is owner of AnimalConcepts and a full bio can be found by clicking HERE.

Annet Louwerse is colony manager at BPRC. Over the last 25 years she has been studying macaque behaviour and is involved in maintaining the self-sustaining breeding colonies of the institute. She feels strongly that in order to be able to offer the most optimal experimental animal for biomedical research possible, animals should live in social groups that mimic natural grouping patterns. She is involved in teaching and training primate behaviour and husbandry procedures. Furthermore Annet is a member of the ethical committee of the institute.
More speaker information soon!

For the provisional program please click


The registration fee is:

Regular fee Euro 225
Student fee Euro 150 (Undergraduate only)
Prices are excl. 21% VAT.

The registration fee includes hand outs, practical sessions, lectures, coffee breaks, lunch, certificate of attendance, tours and workshops.

Space is limited to 30 places.

Registration is now closed as the seminar is fully booked!

Note: As soon as we have the required number of participants for the seminar we will email a go-ahead.
We advice to wait for the go-ahead before booking your travels, hotel and other bookings, in case we have to cancel the seminar due to low participant numbers.
After the go-ahead we will send more information and the invoice.


This course is accredited through
The Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) with 15 CPD points.

Travel and accommodation:

The closest airport is Amsterdam Schiphol Aiport, please click HERE for more information.

The train information can be found by clicking

Route to BPRC can be found be clicking

The Bastion Hotel is in walking distance of the BPRC and information can be found by clicking

Other hotel information can be found using the address and then looking for accommodation close by.


Lange Kleiweg 161
2288 GJ Rijswijk
The Netherlands

More information on EUPRIM-net can be found by clicking
More information on BPRC can be found by clicking
More information on IAT can be found by clicking HERE

Refunds and Cancellations Policy:
Participants will receive a confirmation upon reception of the registration form. You are then officially registered.
Cancellations received at least 2 month prior to the first day of the conference or workshop will be honoured and fees, if already paid, refunded, less a processing fee.
Cancellations made after this date up to 1 month before the start will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations made less then 1 month before the seminar are not refunded.
In fairness to all attendees, confirmed participants who do not attend their scheduled workshop or conference are liable for the entire fee unless other arrangements have been made with AnimalConcepts prior to the start of the event.

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