Blood Collection in Mice Using the Saphenous Vein - An Alternative to Retro-orbital Collection
These web pages describe a method for blood collection from the saphenous vein of mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea-pigs, mink and ferrets. The technique is available as a slide show and video presentation. The technique is a satisfactory alternative to retro-orbital puncture
The technique was developed at the Laboratory Animal Centre, National Institute of Public Health, Oslo, under the leadership of Annelise Hem and has been published: Hem A., Smith A.J. & Solberg P. (1998): Saphenous vein puncture for blood sampling of the mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, guineapig, ferret and mink, Laboratory Animals, Volume 32, 364-368. The paper is available in pdf format here.
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