Decapitation

Technique

This technique should only be used in rare circumstances and 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
Sample volume Up to 1 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 for blood sampling in other animals

Click here for information on decapitation blood sampling techniques in the ratClick here for information on decapitation blood sampling techniques in the guinea pig

All blood sampling techniques in the mouse

Click here for information on blood vessel cannulation in the mouse Click here for information on tail snip blood sampling in the mouse Click here for information on tail vessel microsampling in the mouse Click here for information on tail vein blood sampling in the mouse Click here for information on saphenous vein blood sampling in the mouse Click here for information on retro-orbital blood sampling techniques in the mouse Click here for information on abdominal/thoracic blood vessel blood sampling in the mouse Click here for information on cardiac puncture blood sampling in the mouse Click here for information on schedule 1 stunning followed by decapitation in the mouse