APPENDIX 4D Handling and Restraint
Published Online: 1 SEP 2004
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Neuroscience
How to Cite
Donovan, J. and Brown, P. 2004. Handling and Restraint. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 27:A.4D.1–A.4D.6.
- Published Online: 1 SEP 2004
- Published Print: APR 2004
For the safety of the handler and the animal, proper methods for handling and restraining laboratory animals should be followed. Improper handling can result in increased stress and injury to the animal. In addition, the handler risks injury from bite wounds or scratches inflicted when the animal becomes fearful or anxious. By using sure, direct movements with a determined attitude, the animal can be easily handled and restrained. Animals can be restrained either manually or in a plastic restrainer. The protocols in this unit describe handling and manual restraint of mice, rats, hamsters, and rabbits. Alternate protocols describe restraint using the plastic restrainer.