Rodent Anesthesia

Rodents undergo anesthesia for a variety of experimental or maintenance purposes. Appropriate anesthetics and the depth of anesthesia are vital to both animal health & welfare and the integrity of experimental data. All anesthetics must be administered as described and approved in the associated IACUC Proposal. While under anesthesia, rodents must be appropriately monitored during and after anesthesia until fully recovered. Anesthesia, analgesia, and peri-operative monitoring must be appropriate for the species and procedures performed, and must be recorded. Note: the Performing Rodent Survival Surgery policy details additional requirements for survival surgeries. 

IACUC Policy: 

Rodent Anesthesia (REVISED, May 19, 2022)


Recommended Surgical Disinfectants, Sterilants and Suture Material

Recommended Rodent Anesthetics and Analgesics (REVISED, October 19, 2023)

Rodent Survival Surgery Checklist (REVISEDJanuary 16, 2020)

Sample Surgery & Anesthesia Forms: 

Rodent Surgery & Anesthesia Record - Single Animal (NEW, January 16, 2020)

Rodent Surgery & Anesthesia Record - Multiple Animals(REVISED, May 19, 2022)

Rodent Non-Surgical Anesthesia Record - Multiple Animals (REVISED, May 19, 2022)