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Blood Collection in Snakes

Proper patient handling, blood collection technique and sample handling are all critical for accurate interpretation of hematology and biochemistry in all patients, including snakes. Use the video or text with still images to review equipment needed as well as the potential complications and proper approach to the ventral coccygeal vein and the heart, the two most common venipuncture sites in the snake.

Sean Perry, DVM

Sean Perry currently serves as an associate veterinarian at the Mississippi Aquarium. Dr. Perry contributed to the LafeberVet reptile venipuncture series while a Graduate Assistant and PhD candidate at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. His dissertation topic focuses on the development of artificial reproductive technologies in captive reptiles as a translational model for endangered species. Sean completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2013…

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General Principles of Reptile Venipuncture

Hematology and biochemistry results serve as an important part of the minimum database for all veterinary patients. Although collection of blood samples can be a clinical challenge in reptiles, the method of patient handling, blood collection and sampling techniques are all critical for proper interpretation of laboratory results. This brief video or slideshow with still images reviews the basic principles of reptile venipuncture that should be considered before, during, and after the procedure.