Caring for Our Animals

Caring for Our AnimalsThe Oregon National Primate Research Center's (ONPRC's) contributions to biomedical research rely on scientific integrity, a commitment to innovative research, and ultimately a fundamental respect for life.  Our animals are crucial to discovering more effective and accessible vaccines, treatments, and cures for a myriad of devastating human diseases.  We recognize the ethical questions raised by animal research, which is why we provide humane and compassionate animal care while conserving our resources for only the most essential research endeavors.

The Division of Comparative Medicine is responsible for all aspects of animal care and is committed to preserving the health and welfare of ONPRC's nonhuman primates (NHPs).  Our dedicated staff members provide veterinary care twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year; ensure our NHPs are provided nutritious meals, daily fresh produce, and behavioral enrichment activities; and maintain clean, disease-free environments.  In fact, we have one of the largest pathogen-free colony of rhesus macaques in the country. 

ONPRC's adherence to stringent state and federal regulations is strengthened by its independent internal and external oversight.  The Center is inspected biannually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and provides annual reports to the National Institute of Health via the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.  ONPRC is particularly proud of the fact that it has maintained accreditation for more than 46 consecutive years by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), International.  AAALAC, International is a voluntary inspection and accreditation program that promotes standards which exceed government regulatory requirements.