Technical assistance

Researchers associated with AEM can take advantage of the possibility to have technical procedures done by AEM's technicians who are all specially educated to work in laboratory animal sciences.

Basic technical assistance

AEM's animal technicians are trained in common technical procedures such as injections, oral gavage and blood sampling, etc.

Basic assistance includes:

  • Breeding
  • Pup weaning
  • Earmarking
  • Ear/tail biopsy for genotyping
  • Timed mating/Plug check
  • Tooth trimming
  • Tattooing 

Basic technical assistance is charged by the hour. You can find the cost for the above services in AEM's price list.

Advanced technical assistance

In addition to the basic procedures, the animal technicians at the Department can assist researchers with a wide range of advanced procedures performed by the researcher herself or himself. Advanced assistance covers procedures that require skills and further training.

Advanced assistance includes:

  • Blood sampling and handling
  • Total bleeding
  • Blood smear slide
  • Vaginal smear slide
  • Drug/substance administration
  • TK/PK studies
  • Diabetes induction by STZ treatment
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Organ dissection/Necropsy
  • Wound healing test
  • Assistance with behavioral studies

Advanced technical assistance is charged by the hour including an additional fee. Please see the price list to find prices.

Surgery technical assistance

Animal technicians at AEM can also help with assistance in connection with surgery. Surgery assistance includes full aseptic surgical procedures that normally need anesthesia, equipment, etc.

Surgery assistance includes:

  • Vasectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Embryo transfer
  • Cell transplantation under the kidney capsule
  • Lung perfusion through the trachea
  • Drug administration mini-pump implantation
  • Telemetric device implantation
  • Catheter insertion

The cost for these services can be found in AEM's price list. Details regarding a researcher's wish for technical assistance can be agreed at a meeting between the animal technicians and the researcher.