Neuter (AU)

Scrotal neuter of male rat.
Surgery performed by:
Dr. Peter Field B.V.S.C. (Hons.) M.A.C.V.Sc.
Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Canine Medicine
Veterinary Physician and Surgeon
Everton Hills Veterinary Surgery, Everton Hills, Brisbane Qld, Australia
and
Surgical Assistant:
Ms. Louise Dux, Certified Laboratory Animal Technician
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Photographer:
Lene Jorgensen and owner of male rat, Angelus, depicted in surgery photos.
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*Note: It is Dr. Peter Field’s preference to use an approved surgical hand scrub, rather than surgical gloves, to maintain aseptic technique with small animals.

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scrotal neuter 01
scrotal neuter 01

The rat is placed in an anesthetic induction chamber and given isoflurane for sedation. The brown pad below the chamber is a heating pad that the rat will remain on throughout the procedure to maintain ambient body temperature, and prevent hypothermia.


scrotal neuter 02
scrotal neuter 02

Isoflurane being administered.


scrotal neuter 03
scrotal neuter 03

Rat is shown fully sedated.


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scrotal neuter 04

Prep of surgical site is performed.


scrotal neuter 05
scrotal neuter 05

Ensuring testes are completely descended prior to incision.


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scrotal neuter 06

Initial incision into scrotum.


scrotal neuter 07
scrotal neuter 07

Extracting testes prior to clamping.


scrotal neuter 08
scrotal neuter 08

Removing the testes from the scrotal sac.


scrotal neuter 09
scrotal neuter 09

Excision of connective tissue is performed.


scrotal neuter 10
scrotal neuter 10

Clamping prior to internal suturing.


scrotal neuter 11
scrotal neuter 11

Internal suturing performed.


scrotal neuter 12
scrotal neuter 12

Initiating external sutures for closure.


scrotal neuter 13
scrotal neuter 13

A stethoscope is used for monitoring respirations and heart rate.


scrotal neuter 14
scrotal neuter 14

Male rat is fully recovered.


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