Remember when dissection day looked like this,
and made you feel like this?
Well, thank Miss Vivi, you can kiss those dark days goodbye.
Now dissection prep looks like this:
and the most difficult thing you have to do is snip open the bag.
Oct 4, 2010
This entry was posted on October 04. 2010 by Miss Vivi
Do you do rats?
If I had a testis for every time I got a phone call or an email asking if I can supply rats we’d never be out of stock.
Raising and euthanasing whole animals has never been my thing and thinking about all the paperwork involved with licenses and permits and animal ethics approvals just about puts me into a bureaucratic coma.
Consequently the short answer is – “No, we’ don’t supply rats, sorry.” Miss Vivi is, however, very happy to recommend Southern Biological in Victoria and Pisces Enterprises in Brisbane as suppliers of rats for dissection. They both come highly recommended by lab technicians we personally know and love – and trust to know where to go for the good stuff.
Another question I get asked is “Do you know where to get toads?” and invariably my reply is “Do you know any 13 year old boys?”
A little bird tells me, though, that the demand for rats for science in Australia is so great that everyone is having trouble getting enough. So there is a lovely little niche sitting there just waiting to be filled by someone who is willing to have a go at it. Sounds like a job for a labbie to me.
UPDATE MAR 2014: We now supply cane toads ethically euthanased via CO2 asphyxiation in accordance with the latest method endorsed by Biosecurity Queensland. Dissection Connection no longer endorses the use of rats or mice sourced from the pet food industry as no ethical or health standards are applied to the practices of the breeders or suppliers.
This entry was posted on September 10. 2010 by Miss Vivi
What’s all the squealing about?
“…the teachers thought the last kidneys were the best they had ever seen. I can get kidneys locally but with comments like that it seems worth paying the freight and getting a superior product. Thanks again M.”
– Michelle Graham, Woree
This entry was posted on August 27. 2010 by Miss Vivi