Blood sampling is one of the commonest procedures conducted on research animals, but it may cause pain, distress and lasting harm if the technique is poor, or if too much of the circulating blood volume is removed.
The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has produced a range of videos and slide series showing handling, injection and blood sampling techniques on several laboratory animal species (hen, mink, mouse, pig, rabbit, rat).
- NC3Rs Microsite on blood sampling
- Bonnet, El Hassani, Lecq et al. (2016): Blood mixtures: impact of puncture site on blood parameters
- Hem, Smith & Solberg (1998): Saphenous vein puncture for blood sampling of the mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, guineapig, ferret and mink
- Aasland, Skjerve & Smith (2010): Quality of blood samples from the saphenous vein compared with the tail vein during multiple blood sampling of mice
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