Examination and testing of deceased animals provides producers, animal owners, and veterinarians with not only an understanding of the cause of death, but also identification of pathogens and/or management problems that may be of particular significance in herd-health and multi-pet households, and may potentially have implications in the health of humans sharing the same environment. We are also frequently called upon to provide documentation for legal and insurance cases.
Every necropsy case is coordinated by a member of our Pathology Faculty, who also performs the gross and histologic examinations, aided by an experienced and highly efficient crew of necropsy technicians.
How to use our necropsy service:
- Upon arrival at UKVDL, park your vehicle in the designated pull-through lot outside Receiving.
- Come to Receiving to fill out paperwork; leave animal(s) in your vehicle/trailer.
- Receiving staff will direct you where to have animal(s) unloaded.
Help us to help you – important factors in submitting animals for best results:
- Submission of animals AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after death is critical to maximizing our ability to evaluate the animal and run tests.
- Animals are best kept chilled but not frozen prior to submission (freezing decreases our ability to run some tests, but is preferable to no cooling).
- A complete history providing a detailed description of the animal, and documenting the duration and of signs of illness, other animals affected, other animals in the same environment, type of management, vaccinations, etc. will go far in helping us decide on the best tests to run, and focus on specific questions or concerns. NOTE: This does NOT limit our investigation – we perform complete necropsies on all cases.
- Notation of cases that have potential legal ramifications or insurance claims. This does not change our investigation, but it may alter our handling of the case - we may retain samples longer, take more photographs, etc..
- Notation of specific questions , whether or not related to death (e.g., animal had a history of chronic lameness in the right hind leg).
- Include the name and address of your veterinarian. Interpretation of reports may require consultation with your veterinarian. Also, it is important for veterinarians to be aware of diseases in animals they have treated, or are from their region.
- Does UKVDL provide euthanasia services?
o No. UKVDL does not have the facilities for euthanasia, with the exception of poultry and small birds. We can provide a list of local veterinarians who can perform this service.
- How and when will the results be available?
o Most full necropsies and associated testing are complete within 10 working days. Results are e-mailed or faxed to the referring veterinarian, or owner if the owner submitted the animal and paid for services at the time of submission.
- Can I discuss results with a veterinary professional at UKVDL?
o We encourage owners to discuss results with their veterinarian, who usually has familiarity with the animal and/or its management, environment, and herd situation. Your veterinarian is better equipped to advise any management changes or treatment of remaining animals.
o Our veterinary faculty is available for consultation regarding specific necropsy cases and test results, and of course we are happy to discuss results with referring veterinarians at any time.
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