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Old December 27th 06, 10:36 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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I forgot to ask the vet: After putting an animal "to sleep" and a
speedy rabies test is required, many vets do what is termed a "Ship and
Test" where the head of the animal is sent to a lab where the test is
completed. What device/method is used to decapitate the animal?

Joe

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Old December 27th 06, 03:16 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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wrote:
I forgot to ask the vet: After putting an animal "to sleep" and a
speedy rabies test is required, many vets do what is termed a "Ship and
Test" where the head of the animal is sent to a lab where the test is
completed. What device/method is used to decapitate the animal?

Joe


Decapitation Supplies:
1. Sharp knife and sharpener (optional-sharp hacksaw, dehorner, shears,
or brush cutters)
2. Protective clothing:
- Waterproof gloves (disposable or disinfect after use)
- Face mask
- Safety glasses or goggles
- Optional coverall, waterproof apron (a large plastic garbage bag
with holes for
arms and head)
3. Cleaning supplies: Water, detergent, a disinfectant with virucidal
activity (bleach), paper
towels and plastic trash bags.
Decapitation Procedu
Only veterinarians, animal control officers, local health or
wildlife officials, and
others who have been appropriately trained and have rabies pre-exposure
prophylaxis
should remove animal heads. CAUTION: The brain, spinal cord, salivary
glands, and
saliva of the animal may contain rabies virus. If an exposure occurs
during the
process of removal of the head, it should be noted on the laboratory
submission form
for the animal.

Do not use an axe or power saw because infected material may become
aerosolized.
Always wear protective gear (waterproof gloves, a facemask and eye
protection) and
exercise caution with the use of knives and other sharp objects during
the procedure.
Lay the animal on a surface and extend the neck. If you do it on a
table you can hang
the head over the edge with the neck exposed.
Cut at a point several vertebrae below the head. This will ensure
that brain stem is
included in the specimen.
Immediately package the head (see instructions below).
Clean up: Instruments and contaminated surfaces should be washed with
detergent and
water and then disinfected. Disinfect with a freshly prepared solution
of bleach (1 pint
per gallon of water), alcohol (40-70% ethanol), iodine (25 ppm) or
quaternary ammonium
(200 ppm) compounds. The disinfectant should remain in contact with the
infected
surfaces for a minimum of 10 minutes

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Old December 27th 06, 04:06 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default Ship and Test question

It is quite a procedure. Thanks for the detailed answer.

jerryeveretts wrote:
wrote:
I forgot to ask the vet: After putting an animal "to sleep" and a
speedy rabies test is required, many vets do what is termed a "Ship and
Test" where the head of the animal is sent to a lab where the test is
completed. What device/method is used to decapitate the animal?

Joe


Decapitation Supplies:
1. Sharp knife and sharpener (optional-sharp hacksaw, dehorner, shears,
or brush cutters)
2. Protective clothing:
- Waterproof gloves (disposable or disinfect after use)
- Face mask
- Safety glasses or goggles
- Optional coverall, waterproof apron (a large plastic garbage bag
with holes for
arms and head)
3. Cleaning supplies: Water, detergent, a disinfectant with virucidal
activity (bleach), paper
towels and plastic trash bags.
Decapitation Procedu
Only veterinarians, animal control officers, local health or
wildlife officials, and
others who have been appropriately trained and have rabies pre-exposure
prophylaxis
should remove animal heads. CAUTION: The brain, spinal cord, salivary
glands, and
saliva of the animal may contain rabies virus. If an exposure occurs
during the
process of removal of the head, it should be noted on the laboratory
submission form
for the animal.

Do not use an axe or power saw because infected material may become
aerosolized.
Always wear protective gear (waterproof gloves, a facemask and eye
protection) and
exercise caution with the use of knives and other sharp objects during
the procedure.
Lay the animal on a surface and extend the neck. If you do it on a
table you can hang
the head over the edge with the neck exposed.
Cut at a point several vertebrae below the head. This will ensure
that brain stem is
included in the specimen.
Immediately package the head (see instructions below).
Clean up: Instruments and contaminated surfaces should be washed with
detergent and
water and then disinfected. Disinfect with a freshly prepared solution
of bleach (1 pint
per gallon of water), alcohol (40-70% ethanol), iodine (25 ppm) or
quaternary ammonium
(200 ppm) compounds. The disinfectant should remain in contact with the
infected
surfaces for a minimum of 10 minutes


 




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