Volume 4 ; Issue 1 ; in Month : Jan-Dec (2024) Article No : 104
Amol W. There

In preclinical research, experimental studies in small animals like pharmacokinetics/ toxicokinetics, serum biochemistry and hematology necessitate the biological matrix sampling to estimate drug level, serum enzyme, and blood parameters respectively. The biological matrix is withdrawn from experimental animals by employing the recommended blood collection technique and must be conducted in compliance with the ethical guidelines. It has demanded a minimal painful and least stressful procedures, which can be achieved using inhalant/parenteral anesthesia and/or proper restraint technique. This leads to better experimental outcome. The study personnel conducting blood withdrawal must be well-versed. All these procedures must be approved by IAEC protocol and should include scientist and study personnel names who are involved in animal handling and blood withdrawal. In this review, the different techniques of blood withdrawal from small animals, including collection guidelines, limit volumes and recovery periods, and advantages and disadvantages of sites used for blood collection are demonstrated and discussed.

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