Blood Collection in Mice Using the Saphenous Vein - An Alternative to Retro Orbital Collection

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These web pages describe a method for blood collection from the saphenous vein of mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea-pigs, mink and ferrets. Type of record: Web pages. Category: Veterinary Medicine

Saphena venipuncture in Mouse (Fdyr)

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.

Links to more guidance on bleeding animals are provided here.

This page was updated on 31 May 2018

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