The automation of routine blood sampling from rats has transformed pharmacokinetics research in numerous pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations around the world. Time points are collected precisely around the clock. A single technician can run multiple studies simultaneously. And blood is sampled without the rat even realizing it’s happening, improving animal welfare and minimizing stress which could impact data.
A complete system consists of an automated blood sampler unit (one per animal), a swivel and tether system primed with heparinized saline, and a catheterized rat with a Vascular Access Button™. In many parts of the world, you can order rat with the catheter and VAB™ implanted as a surgical service so that they arrive at your facility recovered from surgery. You can group house the animals until they are placed on study.
Watch a video demonstration of rat automated blood sampling.
A typical application setup is listed below. Add all the pieces to your quote, build your quote piece by piece, or call one of our experienced team members to help guide you through the system best suited for your needs.
This one minute video will give you an overview of automated blood sampling in rats.
This study shows the material you choose for your research tubing can have a significant impact on your results.