Euthanasia of Rodent Fetuses and Neonates

Euthanasia of Rodent Fetuses and Neonates

Case Western Reserve University
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Based on the intramural NIH guidelines
March 2000

The Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia does not provide specific recommendations for the euthanasia of prenatal or neonatal animals. The following guidelines are suggested to assist individual Animal Care and Use Committees at the NIH in reviewing proposals which involve the use of rodent fetuses or neonates.



In all cases, the person performing the euthanasia must be fully trained in the appropriate procedures.


Phifer CB, Terry LM. 1986. Use of hypothermia for general anesthesia in preweanling rodents. Physiol & Behav 38:887-890.