The mouse VAB™ is a transcutaneous button that permits quick, aseptic access to a catheterized vessel either directly with a syringe or outside the cage via a tether. Applications include infusion, blood sampling and IV self-administration.
The design features magnets for ease of use and animal welfare. A 14mm disk, made of either surgical polyester felt or a silicone mesh, holds the button in place under the skin. Catheters attach to a 22ga or 25ga connector under the disk. Our mouse catheters are designed for a perfect fit onto these connectors.
Access the miniature PinPort™ built into the button directly using a syringe fitted with a mating PinPort™ injector or extension set. Use the VABMG tool to hold the button and mouse magnetically without hemostats. Connect a tether (VABM1T) with a 25ga swivel for continuous access; the tether connects magnetically to minimize force on the animal. Use the one of five colored aluminum VABM1C-5 caps to protect the button when group housing mice.
NOTE: In October 2019 we released an improved design of the button and the protective caps. Learn more and download details.
We also have a non-magnetic silicone mouse VAB™ that was developed for The Jackson Laboratory.
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Guidance for one and two channel magnetic mouse buttons.
Evaluation of Three Catheter Maintenance Schedules in Standardly Externalized Catheter and Transcutaneous Buttons