Four methods are described for obtaining blood samples from the collared peccary. This animal lacks prominent superficial veins which makes the procedure of taking blood difficult for inexperienced persons. Large volumes of blood (>20 ml) can be obtained easily via anterior vena cava venipuncture. Moderate amounts of blood (<20 ml) can be obtained from the orbital sinus. Lesser volumes of blood can be obtained from superficial veins located on the ear and the hind limb. The saphenous vein is distended easily due to its unique location across the cranial face of the tibia.

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Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA.

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Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA.