Chemical Immobilization of Animals:
Non-Human Primates

Multimedia Lecture Presentation and Discussion (14 Hours)


  • How to minimize stress in handling and anesthesia of Non-human Primates

  • Training and conditioning: Handling, examination, sample collection, and manipulation of animals without the use of drugs.

  • Preparing for and handling the "Escaped Non-Human Primate"

  • Oral medication regimens for anesthesia and sedation of primates.

  • Remote drug delivery methods: How to safely, efficiently, and atraumatically use darts and dart projectors/tranquilizer guns for anesthesia of primates under captive, laboratory, and free ranging conditions.

  • Drug dosage recommendations: The latest in safe, practical, and reliable species-specific and scenario-specific drug and dosage recommendations, including recommendations for over 50 species of non-human primates.

  • Rapid Immobilization: How much damage can an escaped animal cause in 2 minutes? Five simple techniques that will cut your induction time by 25-50% (the time from medication injection until the animal is immobilized).

  • Techniques for sighting in dart projectors/tranquilizer guns to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery.

  • Practical, field-tested modifications necessary for accurate and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

  • Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects.

  • Drug delivery technology: Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems, when applied to primates.

  • Dosage calculation

  • How to re-dose animals incompletely immobilized on approach.

  • Anesthetic monitoring/Post immobilization care: Proper species-specific positioning, techniques of dart removal and dart wound care. Physiologic assessment techniques: temperature, pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, pulse oximetry, capnography-with checklists provided to help keep you organized and on track in the field.

  • Medical emergencies associated with capture, immobilization, and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat bloat, capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with chemical immobilization.

  • Accidental human exposure to immobilizing medications: Which drugs are dangerous to humans? What can you expect with accidental human exposure? Standard Operating Procedures to prevent human exposure to immobilizing drugs. How to coordinate with your physician and local poison control to develop protocols should an accidental exposure occur.

The following additional topics will be discussed at the Maryland location:

  • The effects of anesthetic agents on hematology, blood chemistry, and hormonal studies

  • Non-human primate analgesia

  • Zoonotic disease implications with anesthesia of Non-Human Primates

  • Developing ethical Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols

Hands-On Lab/Practice (2 Hours)

  • Safe Handling and Use of Immobilization Darts: Assembly, loading, unloading, and cleaning of the various brands available in the US.

  • Use of Safety Equipment for Prevention of Accidental Exposure to Anesthetic Drugs

  • Safe Handling and Use of Short and Long Range Dart Projectors/Tranquilizer Guns including CO2, Air, and 22 blank powered projectors

  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with:

    • Pole Syringes

    • Blowgun Delivery of Anesthetic Darts: Even if  you have never used a blowgun before, you will leave this portion of the program accurate and proficient with this safe, inexpensive, and atraumatic technique of dart delivery.

    • Radio-Tracking Darts for efficient location of animals and retrieval of lost darts.

This is Real Training . . .

We respect your time and your intelligence, and we know what it takes to be proficient in the field. Our course materials are time-tested to over 13,000 professionals on four continents.

You Get the Top Instructors . . .

Hand picked Zoo, Wildlife, & Lab Animal Veterinarians-Experts in Chemical Immobilization and Anesthesia and Outstanding Teachers as well!

You Get Training Materials that Work . . .

Our presentation is multi-media and hands-on. You hear it in lecture, see it on video, and do it with your own hands. You will also take home a comprehensive 175-page training manual covering all course materials.

You Get What We Promise . . .

Clear, concise information which will guide you to a safer, more successful level of expertise or we will refund your full tuition fee.

We do not sell equipment, nor do we have contracts with equipment manufacturers. We provide only education in Chemical Immobilization and field assistance, and our recommendations for drugs and equipment stem from practical field use.

This workshop is also approved for Veterinary Continuing Education Credit. Call for details.

All attendees receive the all new 175-page manual:

Chemical Immobilization of Animals:
Technical Field Notes 2018

as well as:

Sedation, Immobilization, Handling, and Anesthesia of Non-Human Primates

Certificates will be Awarded!


Our program has been presented since 1989, and is considered by US government agencies
to be the standard in Chemical Immobilization training. 

We have provided training to:
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer center

  • Merck and Co.

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals

  • Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project

  • Dallas Zoo

  • Beardsley Zoo

  • Folsom City Zoo

  • Beijing Biodiversity Center

  • Dallas World Aquarium

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • And a multitude of others!


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Register by Phone: 1-425-948-7965

For further information, contact:

Safe-Capture International, Inc.
P.O. Box 216, Snohomish, WA 98291 USA



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