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Remote injection systems: science and art
  1. RA Kock

Abstract

The development, practice and potential of remote injection systems are reviewed and the legislation pertinent to the possession and use of darting equipment and immobilising drugs is summarised. The available rifles, pistols, blow-guns and syringes are critically examined in terms of their accuracy with a flexible dart volume, their impact and injection trauma and their efficiency of use, durability, economy and safety. Future developments in remote injection technology are dependent on many factors including welfare, advances in immobilising agents and methods and, most significantly, on demand. The central role of the veterinary profession in the use of remote injection systems is emphasised.

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