Laboratory Animal MedicinePhoto Skills Lauren Keller Fall 2009
Skill #1 Pick up a rat properly
Skill #2 Administer an IP Injection
Skill #3 Administer an IM injection
Skill #4 Administer a SQ injection
Skill #5 Demonstrate the administration of oral medication using a blunt end needle.
Skill #6 Take a blood sample from the lateral tail vein of a rat.
Skill #7 Determine the sex of a rat. Because this rat was mature, it was easy to identify it as an intact male. If it were a juvenile rat, I could identify the sex by genital distance. Females have a larger distance between genitals than males.
Skill #8 Anesthetize a rat by gas anesthetic. I used isoflorane to sedate this rat. I started the gas on 4% and once the rat was sedate, switched to a smaller mask* that only covered his nose and decreased the gas to 1.5%. I monitored him during anesthesia and changed depth as needed. * The smaller mask is apparent in the lower right hand corner