Foss Tube Milking Forcep

Foss Tube Milking Forcep

The use of the Foss Tube Milking Forcep in veterinary medicine carries some risks and potential complications, including:

  • Rectal trauma: The insertion of the forceps into the rectum can cause tissue damage, particularly if the instrument is not used correctly or is applied with excessive force.
  • Infection: Any invasive procedure carries a risk of infection, particularly if proper sterilization techniques are not followed or if there is a pre-existing infection.
  • Pain and discomfort: The use of forceps can cause pain and discomfort, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly or if the patient is not adequately sedated.
  • Injuries to the operator: The operator of the instrument may be at risk of injury during the procedure.

The Foss Tube Milking Forcep is a surgical instrument commonly used in cardiology and veterinary medicine for extracting semen from animals, particularly bulls. It is named after its inventor, Dr. Virgil Foss, who developed the instrument in the 1950s.


The Foss Tube Milking Forcep consists of two long, slender, curved arms with a spring-loaded mechanism at the end. The forceps are inserted into the rectum and positioned around the reproductive tract, allowing the operator to extract semen. The spring-loaded mechanism at the end of the forceps is used to create a suction, which helps to draw the semen out of the reproductive tract and into a collection device.