studies in physical anthropology and primatology at WashingtonUniversity. Following this exercise I served as the first full-timeZoo Veterinarian at the Fort Worth Zoological Park for 5consecutive years. I was then invited to initiate the first fieldveterinary role for the world renowned Jersey WildlifeTrust/Wildlife Preservation Trust, serving the program as fieldveterinarian participating in various endangered species researchand management programs worldwide. I presently practice as aclinical veterinarian in St. Louis County, serving both domesticdogs and cats, avian species, reptiles and amphibia, large exoticcats, non-human primates and more. During the course of thesemany life adventures, I have lectured, provided field researchsupport, taught veterinary students here and abroad, served as aveterinary reviewer of AZA zoo programs, helped to establish theCenter for Conservation Medicine at Tufts College of VeterinaryMedicine, participated in the Plum Island pathology course inforeign animal diseases, and lectured and trained USDA veterinaryinspectors regarding foreign animal disease concerns. I haveanesthetized and personally handled and examined approximately800-900 primates in both wild, forest settings, in zoo practice, at Yerkes Regional Primate Center, and in clinical private practice.My professional life experiences these past 30+ years include work with non-human primates in formal research facilities, in forest settings worldwide, and on behalf of primates kept in privatehomes and sanctuaries.I also feel it important to emphasize that I personally do not encourage non-human primates as personal pets. However, myprofessional oath as a veterinarian dictates that I will care for anyand all animals to assure their well-being, both physically andemotionally, and their safety as well. I also want to emphasize that I believe that legislation to protect any animals managed incaptivity is a good concept. However, I feel that SB 138, as it iswritten, has problems with its content and should be revised underthe guidance and participation of additional reviewers who own byexperience and professional practice, special skills and knowledgethat will accomplish an honest and thorough representation of theconcerns that impact both human and animal welfare and safety.