Vascular-access-port implantation for serial blood sampling in conscious swine

Lab Anim Sci. 1986 Aug;36(4):431-3.


A method to simplify serial venous blood sampling in miniature pigs was developed. Jugular vein Vascular-Access-Ports (VAP) were implanted in four animals. The mean functional lifetime of these ports was 37.7 +/- 23.0 (S.D.) days with a range of 17 to 77 days. The VAP allowed easy serial blood sampling and intravenous drug administration. Use of these ports in animals restrained in a sling was simple and effective and caused no undue stress to the animal over a 6 to 8 hour experiment. The VAPs were implanted easily and required minimal maintenance. Subcutaneous location of the entire apparatus allowed for group housing of the pigs and decreased the susceptibility of postoperative infection and/or damage. Provided that proper maintenance and careful aseptic sampling techniques are used, the VAP is a relatively easy, safe and reliable alternative to conventional methods of serial blood sampling in swine.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Specimen Collection / methods
  • Blood Specimen Collection / veterinary*
  • Catheters, Indwelling / veterinary
  • Infusions, Intravenous / veterinary
  • Jugular Veins
  • Male
  • Swine
  • Swine, Miniature / blood*
  • Swine, Miniature / surgery