Practical Animal Handling in small animals
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01 January 2005
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The techniques used to handle small mammals vary slightly with each species, however many of the general principles are the same. When handling all small mammals, a firm but gentle approach is advisable. This tutorial will outline recommended techniques for handling rodents, rabbits and ferrets. The adoption of these techniques will help to minimise stress for the animals and help reduce the risk of bite injuries to the handler.
It is important that animals are aware of the handler’s presence before attempting to restrain them, particularly if the animal is initially asleep. This will reduce stress for the animal and help to avoid bite injuries.
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Researchers, Students, Technicians
Continuing Professional Development, Technical College, Undergraduate, University (Bachelor)
Taking care of animals, Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects
Partial coverage (e.g. a module)
Mice (Mus musculus), Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Guinea-Pigs (Cavia porcellus), Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus), Hamsters, Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)
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Handling and Restraint
Handling for Injection
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