Rabbit Venipuncture

Venipuncture of rabbit lateral saphenous vein

Rabbit jugular stick

You can use the lateral saphenous vein or jugular vein to obtain blood from a rabbit. The marginal ear vein is NOT recommended;  if a thrombus forms in this vein, it can lead to sloughing of the ear pinna.

Aural artery (black arrow) and marginal
ear vein (red arrow)

Ear pinna necrosis following venipuncture of
marginal ear vein

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