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Blood Collection

Volume

  • As a rule, up to 1% of the body weight may be collected every 2 weeks.
  • Exceeding this guideline may result in a physiologic compensatory response that may increase experimental variability.

More detailed information on methods of blood collection in a wide variety of laboratory animals is available from the NC3Rs website.

Sites for blood collection in the Mouse

ARP personnel are also available to provide individual training and discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each blood collection technique for your experiment.

  • Retro-orbital sinus
  • Ventral jaw (mandible)
  • Cardiac puncture
  • Central tail artery
  • Saphenous vein
  • Axillary bleed

Sites for blood collection in the Rat

ARP personnel are available to provide training and discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each blood collection technique.

  • Retro-orbital plexus
  • Cardiac puncture
  • Lateral tail vein
  • Ventral tail artery
  • Jugular vein