Microsurgery: Transplantation and Replantation by Harry J. Buncke, MD, et al.
  Table of Contents / Chapter 44:
The Microsurgical Laboratory
  The most common experimental and practice animal used in the laboratory is the rat. It is hardy and with reasonable care can be kept under anesthesia for 4 to 6 hours. It is mild-tempered and bites only when abused or mishandled. Animals used for experimentation or practice must be treated with compassion and care. Experimental animals must receive proper pre-, intra-, and postoperative care. Practice animals, once anesthetized, should not be allowed to recover from anesthesia at the end of practice session. They should be euthanized.

Experimental animals may also require analgesics and antibiotics.

FIG. 44-01. Laboratory station with microscope, seats, and instrument table.

FIG. 44-02. Instrument set.

FIG. 44-03. Laboratory rat on operating board with retractors in place.

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