FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST

Biology and Laboratory Management of Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)

  • Clinical Veterinarian, Caribbean Primate Research Center, Puerto Rico
      Dr. Marilyn Arce graduated from the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus with a Bachelor in Biology. She later completed a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science at Drexel University, Philadelphia. The degree of doctor in veterinary medicine was obtained from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the residency in primate medicine and laboratory animal medicine from Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She is diplomat from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2011 and currently works at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico. Recently she opened a small animal clinic in San German, Puerto Rico.


    Nonhuman primates are commonly used in biomedical research due to its anatomical, behavioral, and genetic similarities with humans. Macaques, especially the Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) are one the species of monkeys commonly used for this purpose. Therefore, it is important to have a basic knowledge of frequent clinical and pathological findings when managing the health of macaques. In this presentation we will briefly discuss some of the common diseases and problems observed such as neoplasia, endometriosis, enteritis, traumas, and viral diseases. We will also present some important points about the laboratory management of macaques. Lastly, we will present some uses of monkeys in biomedical research.

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