APPENDIX 4E Animal Identification

  1. John Donovan1,
  2. Patricia Brown2

Published Online: 1 SEP 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.nsa04es27

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Donovan, J. and Brown, P. 2004. Animal Identification. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 27:4E:A.4E.1–A.4E.4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wyeth-Ayerst Research, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

  2. 2

    National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 SEP 2004
  2. Published Print: APR 2004


Proper identification of animals is crucial in research, whether the animals are being used as experimental subjects, for breeding purposes, or as a source for tissues, cells, or fluids. This unit provides specific protocols for the ear punch (notch) and ear tag methods for mouse, rat and hamster; tattoos for mouse, rat and rabbit; and the correct use of a subcutaneous transponder system for all of the above species.


  • identification;
  • mouse;
  • rat;
  • hamster;
  • rabbit;
  • tag;
  • transponder;
  • tattoo;
  • notch