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Nutritional and Clinical Management of Neotropical Primates

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Practical application in the conservation of in-situ and ex-situ species.

100% Online, course will be provided in Portuguese with subtitles in English or Spanish

10 modules plus an exclusive bonus with over 50 topics on primates. You will interact with the instructors during the course and ask questions.

Target audience: students and professionals in Veterinary, Biology, Animal Science and the like. 

10 modules that will discuss  behavior, anatomy, health, environmental enrichment, nutritional diseases, diet formulation and primate feeding strategies conducted in Brazil.

Instructors  with over 20 years' experience!


Profa. M.V. Mikaelly Frasson

Muriqui Instituto de Biodiversidade.

Prof. MSc. Ana Raquel Faria

Fauna em Foco


Prof. MSc. Lucas Andrade Carneiro

Bioparque, Rio de Janeiro

✔ Target audience: students and professionals in Veterinary, Biology, Animal Science and the like. 

✔Questions? You'll have 6 months to discuss them with the instructors!

✔Recorded lessons available for 1 year to watch whenever and wherever you can.

✔ Free E-Certificate included 

✔ 7-day test period 

✔ 35  hours of classes


Module I​ Nutrition to sustain life

1. Essential nutrients for primates  


a. Feeding strategies for free-ranging primates

b. Nutritional wisdom? How do animals find nutrients in the wild?

c. In-situ primate nutrition research

D. Ex-situ primate nutrition research

e. Where to find nutritional references for primates

f. Nutrients that are considered essential for primates

g. Most used ingredients in primates diet

h. Importance of primate nutrition in in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects

i. What is the influence of food and nutritional management on primate reproduction?


2. Most common, prohibited and occasional foods


a. Foods that should be included in the diet of primates

b. Are there prohibited foods?

c. The role of supplementation in the diet of primates

d. Food options that may be provided occasionally

e. Is it possible to use foods found in the  wild in the diet of captive primates?

f. Fruits for primates: after all, are fruits for human consumption an option?

3. Feeding strategies for primates in the wild  


a. Foraging behavior: how long per day do primates spend feeding?

b. Are there nocturnal primates?

c. Groups hierarchy and influence on consumption

d. Nutritional strategies related to the reproductive season

e. Nutrition and conservation: the importance of learning for reintroduction projects

f. Eating habits associated with energy metabolism

4. Anatomy and morphology of the species' digestive system  


a. Learning about the digestive system

b. Digestion and absorption of nutrients

c. Particularities of the digestive system of leaf-eating primates

d. Particularities of the digestive system of insectivorous primates

e. Particularities of the digestive system of generalist primates

Module II​ Nutrition and health

5. Nutritional requirements


a. How to assess nutritional references

b. How to estimate the nutritional requirement of wild primates

c. Daily energy calculation: most used formulas

d. Protein need for animals with different eating habits

E. The importance of fiber for leaf-eating animals

f. Is fat important? What are the main sources?

g. Micronutrients: what are the current recommendations?


6. Most common nutritional diseases


a. Nutritional excess diseases

b. Nutritional deficiency diseases

c. Progressive weight loss syndrome

d. Hypovitaminosis C

e. Osteometabolic deficiencies

f. Diabetes mellitus

g. Obesity

h. How nutritional management can help clinical recovery

i. Options for enteral diet

j. How to calculate the volume supplied?

7. Food safety 


a. Food purchases: most important health aspects

b. Food storage

c. How to store perishable food

d. Key points in primate care

e. The role of keepers in ensuring animal health

f. Is there a a guarantee of food safety?

Module III​
Feeding and behavior

8. Handling and preparing diets  

a. Most used types of cuts

b. Main challenges in handling diets

c. How to handle food safely

d. Feeding groups: main challenges in preparing diets


9. Food frequency and diet disposition  

a. Once, twice, three times a day... What is the ideal frequency?

b. Are seasonal foods a good option?

c. Should food be supplied together or separate from other ingredients?

d. Most used feeding troughs

e. Strategies for group feeding

f. Are “tasty” foods important? 

g. How to safely provide food collected from the environment

10. Environmental enrichment


a. Basic principles of environmental enrichment

b. Most used foods in environmental enrichment activities

c. Enrichment for optimal welfare

d. What are food enrichment strategies?

e. Practical food enrichment techniques for primates

f. Be careful: when is an enrichment technique not recommended?

g. Combining the good with the pleasant in primate feeding

Module IV 
Diet formulation

11. Basic principles of diet formulation


a. Principles of diet formulation

b. Definition of objectives and goals for formulation

c. How to formulate balanced diets?

d. Difference between a balanced diet and a complete diet


12. How to formulate diets?

a.What software is on the market?

b. Use of Excel spreadsheets in formulating diets for primates

c. Manual calculation, is it possible?

13. Diet calculation  

a. Examples of diets used for primates

b. Are we going to learn by practicing?

Module V 
Key issues on nutrition. 

14. Food Evaluation  


15. Production of plants for feeding


16. Insect production  


17. Taking care of orphaned babies

18. Nutrition as an environmental education tool


Module VI 
Primates of Brazil 

19. What are the primates of Brazil (Platyrrhini)?
20.  Aotidae family (night monkeys)
21.  Atelidae family (howler monkeys, spider monkeys, Muriquis and woolly monkeys)
22. Família Callithriquidae (marmosets, tamarins, lion tamarins, pied tamarins and emperor tamarins)
23. Cebidae (capuchin monkeys, white-fronted capuchins and common squirrel monkeys)
24. Pitheciidae (uakaris, Plecturocebus grovesi, Coimbra's titis, bearded sakis and white-faced sakis)


Module VII 
Basic principles of clinical care for non-human primates

25. Is it possible to work with clinical care for non-human primates?

26. Literature available on the subject

27. Essential utensils in the clinical care of non-human primates

28.  Biosafety: precaution is never too much

29.  Interdisciplinarity in the clinical care of non-human primates

30.  How to set up your form for clinical follow-up

31. Organizing your time 

32.  Is field clinical care different from the clinical care of primates under human care?


Module VIII
Collecting biological samples 

33.  The importance of collecting biological samples   

34.  Containment for biological sampling. What method to choose and how to do it?

35.  Biological sampling: what to collect and how to proceed with my samples (from the field to the lab)? 

a. Hematology 

b. Ectoparasites e Endoparasites 

c. Cytology

d. Feces 

e. Swabs and urine 

36. Control of biological samples and bio-bank for non-human primates

Module IX
Applied Medical Clinics in Non-human Primate Medicine 

37. Pathologies of the digestive system   
38. Pathologies of the respiratory system
39. Pathologies of the cardiovascular system
40. Pathologies of the reproductive system
41. Pathologies of the urinary system
42. Most common ectoparasites and endoparasites and their manifestations, in free-ranging and captive animals 
43. Metabolic/nutritional diseases 
Management of infants
44. Diagnostic imaging in non-human primates
45. Preventive veterinary medicine in the clinical care of primates
46. Necropsy in non-human primates


Module X 
Pharmacology in non-human primates

47. Pharmacology concepts

48. Factors affecting drug response

49. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

50. Learning how to calculate and dilute medications

51. Routes of drug administration

52. Adverse drug reactions

53. What is metabolic weight and allometric extrapolation?

54. Fluid therapy 

55. How to administer medicines at a distance

56. Examples of calculations



Recorded classes available to watch for 1 YEAR at any time;

6 months to ask questions directly with teachers, through the course platform

All Bonuses for the first 50 entries 

The research with field primates - knowing the Muriqui Project Bonus

Real cases - practical

Certificate of at least 35 h Unconditional

100% satisfaction guarantee - you test for 7 days after the first lesson is released, and if you think the course is not for you, we return 100% of the amount paid. No questions asked!

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