Blood Collection in Chelonians

The left or right jugular vein is the vessel of choice in most chelonians less than 4 kg body weight. The risk of lymph dilution is low with this site. The phlebotomist holds the head and extends the head and neck, while an assistant supports the turtle’s body and holds off the jugular vein at the base of the neck. (With a small chelonian, it may easier to . . .


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Pollock C. Blood collection in chelonians. May 15, 2011. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/blood-collection-in-chelonians/