Films and slide shows of laboratory animals

As a contribution to the harmonisation of the care and use of animals in research, Norecopa and the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science have produced a number of video films and slide series illustrating basic procedures (handling, injection techniques and blood sampling) on common laboratory animal species. Links to more resources are available at the bottom of this page.

Please note that some of the animals were sedated before they were filmed. This was done purely to make it easier to demonstrate the various stages of each technique.

Please note: quality assurance of handling and procedures is just one part of the process. For more information and resources on planning animal research and testing, please see the PREPARE guidelines.

Hen (click here)
Handling and blood sampling
s.c. injection and cardiac puncture

Mink (click here)
i.v. injection
blood sampling from the saphenous vein

Mouse (click here)
Immobilisation and blood sampling from the saphenous vein
Immobilisation and i.p. injection
Immobilisation and s.c. injection
Oral gavage
External links:
Mouse handling tutorial (Kelly Gouveia, John Waters & Jane Hurst, University of Liverpool)
Mouse handling video clips from the NC3Rs
Webinar: Mouse handling made easy - Reducing anxiety in mice and their handlers
Oral gavage training (Instech)
Automated blood sampling (Instech)

Pig (click here)
Immobilisation and blood sampling

Rabbit (click here)
Holding, lifting and immobilisation
Blood sampling from the central ear vein
i.v. injection
s.c. injection
Terminal bleeding (cardiac puncture)

Rat (click here)
Holding, lifting and immobilisation
How to wrap up a rat
s.c. and i.p. injections
Blood sampling from the saphenous vein
Anatomy of the rat and Anatomía de la rata produced by the University of Alcalá, Madrid
Investigation of a Mammal (Rat): dissection film
External links:
Procedures with Care
Oral gavage training (Instech)


Guidance on necropsies of laboratory animals in the PREPARE guidelines

 

General resources

More guidance on blood sampling

The Blood Sampling Microsite produced by the National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs), UK contains many resources and literature references.

Novo Nordisk have produced videos showing methods of housing mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs (indoors and outdoors) and pigs (indoors and outdoors).

Guidelines for a range of procedures can be found in the 3R Guide database by using the search engine.

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