Saphenous vein puncture for blood sampling of the mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, guineapig, ferret and mink

The paper describes a method of blood sampling from the lateral saphenous vein. This enables rapid sampling, which if necessary can be repeated from the same site without a need for new puncture wounds.

The paper describes a method of blood sampling from the lateral saphenous vein. This enables rapid sampling, which if necessary can be repeated from the same site without a need for new puncture wounds. The method is a humane and practical alternative to cardiac and retro-orbital puncture, in species where venepuncture has traditionally been regarded as problematic.

The paper can be downloaded as a pdf-file from the website of Laboratory Animals. 5 pages, published in 1998.

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Detailed guidance on planning animal research and testing: the PREPARE guidelines

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