- Resources and references
- Decapitation sampling in other animals
- All blood sampling techniques in the rat
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.
|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|
- A good practice guide to the administration of substances and removal of blood, including routes and volumes.
- McClure DE (1999), Clinical pathology and sample collection in the laboratory rodent. The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2(3), pp 565-590, vi
- Ness RD (1999), Clinical pathology and sample collection of exotic small animals. The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2(3), pp 591-620
- Lucas RL, Lentz KD, Hale AS (2004), Collection and preparation of blood products. Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice. 19(2), pp 55-62
- Removal of blood from laboratory animals and birds.