Necropsy

NECROPSY SERVICE CHANGES EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2017:

Starting July 3, 2017 through August 29, 2017 the necropsy service at the Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be temporarily unavailable.  The last day to submit a body for necropsy will be June 30th.  We will resume full necropsy service beginning August 30, 2017.

During this period, we will continue to accept animals for brain removal for rabies testing and horse carcasses for special cremation.

Arrangements have been made with Midwestern College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Service in Glendale to accept necropsies during this period.  Please visit their website for submission forms and directions: https://www.mwuanimalhealth.com/diagnostic-pathology-center/biopsy-postmortem-examinations

NECROPSY:

The results obtained from a necropsy are directly related to the condition of the cadaver when received.  Badly decomposed bodies yield little diagnostic data.  Taking steps to ensure refrigeration of the body as soon as possible after death will go a long way in preserving its diagnostic value.  Insulated shipping containers are a must for small animals.  Animals too large to fit in an insulated container (some very large ice chests are available) should be surrounded and covered with bags of ice and covered with a plastic tarp before hauling.  This is critical for large animals such as horses and cattle and animals with thick insulating fleeces or body fat (swine).  A four-hour trip to the diagnostic lab in the heat of the summer months is too long without some attempt at cooling the carcass.

We do not recommend freezing cadavers as this induces significant tissue artifact and hinders histologic examination.  However, a frozen cadaver is better than a decomposed one if there are no other options available for cooling.

There are several options for shipping bodies to the laboratory.  See the Shipping Section for details.

Our interpretation of necropsy findings is highly dependent on receiving a complete history of the case.  The history should be a concise distillation of the relevant history, clinical laboratory, management, and signalment by someone directly knowledgeable about the case.

Results are usually available within 7-10 working days.  Some testing may take longer, in which case you will receive preliminary reports with diagnostic findings to date followed by a final report when all work has been completed.

Necropsy fees include gross evaluation, routine histopathology, basic microbiology, and disposal.  Additional fees may be charged for more complex microbiological and toxicological testing including any testing referred to outside laboratories.

NOTE:  Special necropsy procedures such as spinal cord removal and insurance cases will require additional fees as indicated.  Cosmetic necropsy is not performed.  Bodies are released to cremation companies only.

 

 

 

 

NECROPSY:

 

Test Description

Test #

Price

Specimen Preferred

Turnaround

Time

SMALL ANIMAL NECROPSY (AVIAN, RODENTS, SMALL EXOTICS, SMALL WILDLIFE (< 50 LBS), PUPPIES/KITTENS (< 6 WEEKS)

N103

$256.50

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

CANINE, FELINE

N104

$405.00

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK, UNDER 100 LBS

N109

$155.50

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK, 100 TO 500 LBS

N110

$216.00

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK, OVER 500 LBS

N111

$276.75

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

EXOTIC & WILDLIFE, 50 LBS – 100 LBS

N112

$351.00

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

EXOTIC & WILDLIFE, OVER 100 LBS

N113

$432.00

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

HORSE, LESS THAN 200 LBS

N106

$371.25

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

HORSE, 200 LBS – 500 LBS

N107

$641.25

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

HORSE, OVER 500 LBS

N108

$924.75

Cadaver – whole, partial

7-10 working days

ABORTION EQUINE

N116

$256.50

Fetus and placenta

7-10 working days

ABORTION LARGE ANIMAL

N101

$189.00

Fetus and placenta

7-10 working days

ABORTION SMALL ANIMAL

N102

$182.25

Fetus and placenta

7-10 working days

ADDITIONAL FEES:

 

 

 

 

BRAIN REMOVAL – SMALL ANIMAL

N119

$ 25.00

 

 

BRAIN REMOVAL – LARGE ANIMAL

N120

$ 50.00

 

 

SPINAL CORD REMOVAL, EQUINE

N117

$100.00

 

 

SPINAL CORD REMOVAL, SMALL ANIMAL

N118

$ 50.00

 

 

EQUINE CREMATION (>500 POUNDS ONLY)

N121

$1200.00

(Owner provides receptacle for ashes)

INSURANCE SURCHARGE

N115

$ 75.00

 

 

SAVE BODY REQUEST

N105

$ 25.00