TVMDL does not provide cremation services. Following a necropsy examination, remains may only be released to professional crematoriums. On the TVMDL Submission Form, clients may request an animal is held for cremation following a necropsy examination. Arrangements for cremation, including payment and transfer, must be made by the submitting client with their preferred cremation service provider.
When making arrangements, the submitting client must provide the following information to the crematorium to facilitate discharge of the animal from TVMDL to the crematorium:
- TVMDL accession number
- Animal owner’s name
- Name/species of animal
In accordance with the agency’s client confidentiality policy, TVMDL cannot release case-specific information to anyone other than the submitting client. The submitting client is responsible for relaying case-specific information to the crematorium to schedule a pick up from TVMDL.
TVMDL strongly encourages the submitting client or animal owner to provide case-specific information to crematoriums prior to an animal’s pick up to ensure quick and efficient service.
TVMDL Storage and Release Policies
Due to storage limitations, TVMDL can only hold bodies for cremation for seven days following a necropsy examination. Unless a client requested a body to be held for cremation on the submission form, bodies are disposed of following necropsy. To adhere to biosafety protocols, TVMDL cannot release any remains or body parts, such as fur clippings or feathers, other than to professional crematoriums and cannot ship remains. For horses, only the heart, head, and hooves can be released for cremation.
For more information on how to schedule a pick up from TVMDL for cremation, call the College Station laboratory at 979.845.3414 or the Canyon laboratory at 806.651.7478.
TVMDL has compiled a list of frequently-used crematoriums. The agency does not endorse any cremation service. Clients can make arrangements with the professional crematorium of their choosing. Access a printable version of this list by clicking here.
South Central Equine Crematory
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