Graduate presents at Primate Society Winter Conference

January 2010

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Yvonne Owen, graduate from the BSc (Hons) Animal Science programme at Writtle College recently presented her dissertation poster at the prestigious Great British Primate Society winter conference.

Yvonne, now a Writtle College funded PhD student, prepared her dissertation poster on the primate subject of ‘alleviating transportation stress through positive reinforcement training’. She used red-bellied tamarind monkeys as her subjects and produced accustomed transport cages to support her work.

Presenting at the conference was yet another coup for Yvonne’s dissertation entitled ‘softly, softly, catchy monkey’, having already won best presentation at the Annual Student Welfare Conference in 2009.

The Primate Society conference held at the Zoological Society of London offices in December 2009, focused on state of the art research pertaining to stress in primates covering behavioural, physiological and neurological responses to stressors in the physical and social environment both in captivity and the wild.

Yvonne’s supervisor, Dr Jon Amory, senior lecturer in animal behaviour and welfare at Writtle College said: “It was outstanding work with potential for best practice in other zoos.”

All PhD studies at the College contribute to the foundations of the four research centres at the College, which in turn contributes to the teaching and studies of higher education students. Yvonne’s PhD research is mentored by the School of Equine and Animal at the College, namely; Dr Jes Scaife, Head of School and Jonathon Amory lecturer in Animal Science.

Pictured – A red bellied Tamarin