UNIT 1.5 Animal Identification

  1. John Donovan1,
  2. Patricia Brown2

Published Online: 1 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.im0105s73

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Donovan, J. and Brown, P. 2006. Animal Identification. Current Protocols in Immunology. 73:I:1.5:1.5.1–1.5.4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wyeth Research, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

  2. 2

    National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2006
  2. Published Print: JUN 2006


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