Cervical dislocation

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Cervical dislocation is a common method of animal euthanasia, refers to a technique used in physical euthanasia of small animals by applying pressure to the neck and dislocating the spinal column from the skull or brain.[1] The aim is to quickly separate the spinal cord from the brain [2] so as to provide the animal with a fast and painless death.[1]

The separation occurs at the base of the brain or within the cervical spine area (the upper third of the neck).[2] According to the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), cervical dislocation is normally only conducted on small animals.[1] The University of Iowa and some veterinary associations, consider the technique as an ethically accepted method for terminating the life of small rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, etc.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Glossary." CCAC Programs. 2005. Canadian Council on Animal Care. Accessed 13 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b Extension http://www.extension.org/pages/Cervical_dislocation
  3. ^ University of Iowa. "Euthanasia." Accessed 15 August 2007