Method to perform IV injections on mice using the facial vein

H. B. Levene, M. Zhang, C. J. Erb, J. I. Jallo, C. M. Loftus, R. F. Tuma

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A novel technique for gaining IV access in a mouse model is presented. Using a cut-down approach, the facial vein is identified through an incision from anterior to the external auditory meatus to posterior to the lateral ispilateral canthus. A small gage needle (30 gauge) may be inserted to inject medications. A high success rate (93%) as determined by direct visualization is achieved. The technique would prove especially useful for animals slated for kinematic testing as the incision does not interfere with the animal's ventral surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-307
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 30 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Facial vein
  • Intravenous injection
  • Murine
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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