IV Self Administration - Rat

Instech infusion swivels, tethers, balance arms and catheters are compatible with a range of operant behavior systems for intravenous self administration studies. In these systems, a lever press or nose poke will trigger a syringe pump to deliver an IV dose.


Instech's Vascular Access Buttons and Harnesses are ideal for these addiction studies because the combined tether/IV line can be simply and aseptically connected or disconnected when moving the animal into or out of the operant chamber. Animals with Vascular Access Buttons may be group housed when not on study.


Operant chamber systems are available from the following manufacturers:


Rat IV self administration


U.S. Pricing

Model Name Price
MCLA/MED Counter-balanced lever arm, for Med Associates rat self admin cage $315 / each
KVABR1T/MED Rat 1ch magnetic VAB tether kit: VABR1T/22, 375/22PS, 60in PU, LS22 $55 / each
VABR1B/22 Vascular Access Button for rat, magnetic, 1 channel 22ga, injector $33 / each
C30PU-RJV1303 Catheter for rat jugular vein, PU 3Fr 30cm, collars @ 2.5, 3.0cm. Fits 22ga. $14 / each



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