PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon Health & Science University staff have caused a monkey to develop “necrotic lesions,” failing to follow protocol, a USDA report obtained by Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, a National Research Watchdog Group says.

The USDA report visited OHSU on March 24 and cited them for injuring the monkey.

On July 29 of last year, the USDA cited OHSU for burn injuries to two monkeys following surgical procedures.

The Oregon National Primate Research Center released the following statement:“The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) provides the highest levels of care to its 4,800 nonhuman primates; consequently, deaths and injuries are rare. When incidents such as this do occur, the center immediately reports them to the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health and makes any changes needed to prevent such incidents from happening again. Once the changes have been implemented, a follow-up report is submitted to USDA officials.Researchers, veterinarians and animal care staff at the ONPRC have an ethical mandate to ensure that all of our animals are treated respectfully and humanely. The center employs 16 full-time veterinarians and dozens of other individuals to care for the animals. As a result of the excellent care they receive, ONPRC monkeys live nearly twice as long, on average, as their counterparts in the wild.”