FEB 05, 2015 07:30 AM PST

Small Animal Anesthesia: A New Method to Help Control Variables

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  • President, Kent Scientific Corp.
      Andrew graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. He later attended veterinary school at the Unversita degli Studi di Parma, Italy. Andrew has been working in the laboratory animal science field for over 30 years, holding various positions in product development and support with Buxco Electronics, Harvard Apparatus and World Precision Instruments. In 1989 Andrew founded Kent Scientific Corporation located in Torrington, Connecticut. Under his direction, Kent Scientific has been serving medical and research scientists as a worldwide provider of integrated solutions for pre-clinical research and drug discovery advancement. Andrew continues to develop instruments designed specifically for mouse and rat applications. His innovative designs focus on non-invasive and less invasive methods of monitoring the animals wellbeing during procedures to refine the experimental data and to reduce the overall number of specimens required.


    An anesthesia system designed to accommodate the physiological characteristics of small animals, including rats and mice, has the potential to provide great practical value to the life science research community. Small animal surgery requires an investment in equipment and time. The task of anesthetizing research subjects is complicated by the equipment itself, which is designed for use on larger species, such as humans or horses. Laboratory animal anesthesia is governed by societal concerns to minimize harmful exposure to the research subjects and to the people performing the surgery. Today's economy puts pressure on laboratories to conserve time and resources while maintaining successful research. A low flow anesthesia system designed to administer inhalant anesthetics to small animals can address those challenges and help control variables introduced into your study. The presentation will provide you with an overview of key considerations when anesthetizing rodents. In addition you will learn about a new, low-flow vaporizers that uses 12x less isoflurane than your traditional canister-style vaporizer.

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