Laboratory Animal Medicine Photo Skills Project
Pick up a rat properly
Administer an IP Injection
Administer an IM injection
Administer a SQ injection
Demonstrate the administration of oral medication using a blunt end needle.
Take a blood sample from the lateral tail vein of a rat.
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.
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