There are many anatomic locations on mice and rats from which to collect blood. The
site chosen will depend on the required volume, the frequency of collection and the need for anesthesia. Sites include the facial (submandibular vein), the retro-orbital
sinus, the lateral saphenous vein, the jugular vein and intracardiac collection. Blood
collection from the retro-orbital sinus or the jugular vein must be performed under
general anesthesia while intra-cardiac blood collection is a terminal procedure that
also requires general anesthesia.
Our veterinary technicians are trained in blood collection, with or without anesthesia. Blood volumes are collected in accordance with PHS guidelines and the frequency of collection. Blood samples can be collected into microvaccutainer tubes for subsequent analyses of whole blood, serum or plasma, according to your research needs.
Fees: Technician time of $37.50/ hour + supplies (blood collection tubes, glass pipettes etc)
**Blood collection procedures and anesthesia must be listed and described in an approved IACUC protocol**
Timothy D. Mandrell, DVM, DACLAM
Director, Laboratory Animal Care Unit
956 Court, Room B106
Memphis, TN 38163