Rodent IV Self-Administration

Operant chambers can be used in conjunction with infusion equipment for Intravenous Self-Administration Studies (IVSA) in rodents. These studies are commonly used for addiction or abuse liability research, and allow the rodent to press a button or lever to deliver an IV dose. IVSA studies are often long-term, require multiple connections/disconnections, and can include very active animals. This makes it essential to have equipment that is easy to use, while protecting catheter patency and minimizing stress. We offer full infusion kits, including our CannuLock™ Catheter Access Buttons™ as well as a design inspired by the CamCath skin button for extra security. For assistance in selecting the right supplies, contact our experienced staff with questions and we'll be happy to help.

IV Self-admin studies require secure tethering to ensure the long-term animal health and safety. We offer systems for rats or mice, and two main options; the CannuLock™ Catheter Access Buttons™ for easy connections or the Skin Button with Screw-On Tether for extreme security.

Using skin buttons or implantable Catheter Access Buttons™ for self-administration studies is the best way to ensure the long-term patency of your catheter. While there are varying designs, all of the options connect to an implanted catheter under the skin so that no tubing is externalized. Explore your options below.

Infusion tethers and swivels help direct the flow of the drug through the intravenous line. The option you select depends on the type of implant being used. Not sure what you need? Check out our complete systems (on the left). For additional help integrating our infusion supplies with your operant chamber, please contact us.