Training with Swine and Small Ruminants

Pigs, sheep, and goats are animals frequently used in biomedical teaching and research. Most studies using these animals require basic handling and restraint, injections or blood collections. When performed properly, these procedures are simple, humane and technically straightforward. Safe and humane performance of these techniques requires skill, patience, and practical experience. Correct handling, restraint, and technical skills can be learned through specific training. Hands-on training is especially beneficial. These workshops are designed to instruct Texas A&M University personnel about acceptable basic methods and techniques. Investigators overseeing projects involving these animal species should ensure that all procedures are carried out by personnel that have received this or similar training. Participants in this workshop will be instructed on:

  • Methods of safe, humane handling and restraint, including anesthesia
  • Injection procedures including intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous injections
  • Techniques associated with the collection of blood samples


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