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Animal Handling and Restraint Terms

What is an Acrylic Rodent Restrainer and what is it used for? Used for rat and mouse venipuncture, it is a clear plastic tube with holes drilled into it that holds a small rodent
What is a Bull Staff? Restraint equipment for cattle that consists of a long handled metal rod with a hook at one end that clips to the nose ring, helping to restrain the head
What is a Casting Rope used for? To place an enclosed animal on its side
What is a Cat Bag? Restraint device designed to enclose a cats body while providing access to treatment sites
What is a Catching Hook? A hook, usually about 5 inches long attached to a long handled pole for catching chickens and turkeys
What is a Catching Net? A net usually attached to the end of a long handled wooden pole, used to remove individual birds from a flock
What is a Cattle Chute? A cattle examination area large enough to hold just one animal, often with poles for cross-tying and an opening to hold its head in place
Where is the Cephalic Vein? Venipuncture site along the front of the foreleg
What is a Chain Shank? Long leather lead or rope with about a 2 foot length of chain and a snap hook at one end, used to distract a horse
What is a Chain Twitch? A horse restraint, usually composed of a long wooden handle with a loop of stainless steel chain at one end, designed to distract a horse by stimulating its nerves
What is Chemical Restraint? Use of sedatives, tranquilizers, or anesthetics on an animal
What is a Cross-Tie? Restraint method that restricts an animals side to side head movement by tying 2 ropes to opposite sides of the halter and then to 2 cross-tie rings on opposite sides of the barn
What is the Fetal Hold? Technique of grabbing a cat by the scruff of the neck
What are Foreceps commonly used for? Instrument which grasps small rodents and allows for their transport from cage to cage
What is a Halter? Gear composed of a noseband and a throatlash that encircles the head of a large animal allowing a lead to be attached for restraint
What is a Head Snare? Long metal or heavy duty plastic tubular handle with a thick retractable wire inside, forming a large loop, designed to be pulled out, slipped over an animals head and tightened
What is a Hobble? Leather strap fastened around an animals legs to restrict their movement
What is a Hurdle? Flat, shield-like piece of plastic or plywood used to direct a group of pigs into an enclosure
Where is the Jugular? Venipuncture site on the front of the neck
What is Lateral Recumbency/Reclining Restraint? Animal restrained and stretched out on its side
What is a Lead? Guide leash made of leather or rope which attaches to a halter and allows you to hold an animal in place or guide its direction
What is Manual Restraint? Using your hands to hold the animal in the desired position
What is Mechanical Restraint? Use of equipment like leashes, collars, restraint bags, and poles on an animal
What are Milking Hobbles? 2 Metal bands connected by a chain, used to prevent a cow from kicking
What is a Muzzle? Any device applied around an animals nose and mouth to prevent the animal from biting
Where is the Nasal Septum? Tissue between the nostrils
What is a Nose Lead? Large metal tongs with large ball shaped ends designed for cattle to hold their heads in place
What does Occlude mean? To block or hold off a vein by pressing on it with your finger allowing blood to pool in the vein
What is a Pig Catcher? Long handled large clamp with a rope that holds the ends of the clamps shut
What are Restraint Gloves? Heavy gauntlet-type gloves used to handle cats, made of leather too thick for cats to bite through
What is a Rope Twitch? Device like a chain twitch only made of rope
Where is the Saphenous Vein? Venipuncture site on the outer surface of the hind leg
What is a Slip Leash? Leash of flat or braided nylon with a ring at one end, designed to tighten momentarily the way a training collar does
What is a Snubbing Rope? Rope with a loop at one end, tied with a slip knot so that the loop can be tightened, designed to restrain a captured pigs head
What is a Stanchion? An opening at the end of a cattle chute that holds the head in place
What is Sternal Recumbancy? Animal is placed on its sternum at the edge of the table with its forelegs extending off the table
What are Stocks? Narrow enclosures that partially immobilize a horse for treatment
What is Tail Jacking? Used to prevent the animal from kicking, it involves lifting the tail up in line with the animals spine to prevent fracturing the vertebrae
What is Tail Tying? Technique that involves tying an animals tail out of the way
What is a Training Collar? Stainless steal links with a ring at each end, forming a dog collar designed to tighten momentarily with a short firm tug
What is Venipuncture? Puncturing a vein to collect blood, administer medication or pass a catheter
What is a V-Trough? V-Shaped trough usually made of plywood used to restrain a pig on its back
Created by: Misty Lynn



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