Decapitation

Technique

This technique should only be used in exceptional circumstances. 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 10 ml
Equipment Suitable sharp instrument to decapitate, (e.g. guillotine or sharp scissors).
Staff resource One person
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 guinea pig

All blood sampling techniques in the rat

Click here for information on blood vessel cannulation in the ratClick here for information on tail vein blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on jugular vein blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on saphenous vein blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on retro-orbital blood sampling techniques in the ratClick here for information on using a temporary cannula for blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on abdominal/thoracic blood vessel blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on cardiac puncture blood sampling in the ratClick here for information on schedule 1 stunning followed by decapitation for blood sampling in the rat