Aseptic Technique in Rodent Surgery : Introduction

Key Points

  • Prepare a protocol and a list of equipment that will be required before you start any surgical procedure.
  • Make sure all the required facilities and equipment have been booked.
  • Ensure an assistant is available.
  • Make sure equipment is prepared for use.
  • When using heat pads, monitor the temperature of both the animal and the heat pad, to ensure correct operation.

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A comprehensive guide to help research workers apply best practice in aseptic surgical techniques in laboratory rodents.

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