Part of LafeberVet’s Rabbit Basics Teaching Module, the Rabbit Anatomy Basics slideshow is a 22-minute recording designed to impart a basic understanding of rabbit anatomy for the veterinary technician and veterinary nurse. This slideshow may also be of use as a basic learning aid for veterinary medical students and as a basic refresher for the clinician.
Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animal-Clinical Practice) is practice manager at The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in New York City. Lorelei has worked primarily with birds and exotic pets since graduating from the Mercy College Veterinary Technology program in 2001. Lorelei has taught at local veterinary technology programs, and she has lectured at various national avian conferences. Lorelei is the Chair of the Avian and Exotics section of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.
Hematological and serum chemistry tests are considered part of the minimum database, yet collecting blood samples from small mammals can be extremely challenging. This review article reviews the recommended venipuncture site in popular exotic companion mammals including many rodents, rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders. Sample collection from peripheral vessels including the cephalic, saphenous, tail, jugular, ear, and submandibular vein is discussed.
Blind venipuncture sites such as the cranial vena cava and femoral vessels are also described. Veterinary health professionals are also acquainted with the potential risks associated with blood collection from these small species, especially those presenting in advanced diseased states. Tips for clinical success are also shared.