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USDA Gives OHSU’s Primate Center Another Clean Bill of Health

The Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University has received another clean bill of health from the United States Department of Agriculture. Approximately twice a year, a USDA animal care expert conducts an unannounced, thorough inspection of OHSU’s primate center to ensure the facility is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

The latest report, received this week, follows an inspection of ONPRC facilities and records on June 15, 2010, and indicates “No noncompliant items identified.” This language is common on USDA reports when a facility is found to have no items requiring correction. The primate center has a history of receiving reports that it is in full compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

“This report and others like at are the direct result of the dedication and hard work of our animal care staff, including veterinarians, animal care technicians and behavioral health experts," said Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D., director of the ONPRC.

For more information about ONPRC’s research breakthroughs and animal care practices, visit
The ONPRC is a registered research institution, inspected regularly by the USDA. It operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and has an assurance of regulatory compliance on file with the National Institutes of Health. The ONPRC also participates in the voluntary accreditation program overseen by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

Contact Jim Newman for a copy of the USDA report: 503-494-8231;

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