Decapitation

Technique

This technique should only be used in rare circumstances with exceptional scientific justification. In the UK this technique is not a Schedule 1 method of euthanasia and personal and project licence authority is required.

Trunk blood is collected from the site where the animal is decapitated. Training for decapitation should be undertaken on dead animals.

Summary

Number of samples One
Blood volume Up to 10 ml
Equipment Suitable sharp instrument to decapitate, (e.g. guillotine or sharp scissors).
Staff resource One person is required to take the blood sample.
Other A high level of expertise is required for this technique.

Resources and references

Decapitation sampling in other animals

Click here for information on decapitation blood sampling techniques in the mouseClick here for information on decapitation blood sampling techniques in the rat

All blood sampling techniques in the guinea pig

Click here for information on blood vessel cannulation in the guinea pigClick here for information on tarsal vein sampling in the guinea pigClick here for information on saphenous vein blood sampling in the guinea pigClick here for information on abdominal/thoracic blood vessel blood sampling in the guinea pigClick here for information on cardiac puncture blood sampling in the guinea pigClick here for information on schedule 1 stunning followed by decapitation for blood sampling in the guinea pig