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Necropsy – Companion & Exotics 51 lbs. and Over
Post-mortem examination and dissection of a whole animal to harvest tissues and determine a cause of death.
The fresher the carcass, the greater the diagnostic yield.
Keep carcass chilled until delivery.
Results for the gross necropsy will be available within 1 to 4 days of receipt; ancillary testing may take longer.
This test only includes gross necropsy. If additional ancillary tests are desired (e.g. histopathology), the submitter should specify these tests on the submission form. Alternatively, the submitter may write, “perform any indicated testing” and the pathologist will use their discretion to add tests based on the clinical history and necropsy findings.
Necropsy cases requiring detailed documentation and processing for insurance purposes or for legal/forensic purposes incur an additional charge of $200 or $350, respectively, and may require additional time to complete.
Necropsy services are available Monday-Friday during regular business hours. Secure, climate controlled specimen lockers are accessible 24 hours/day at the College Station and Canyon locations. Large animals delivered after hours that require assistance will incur an additional $75 fee.
Requests to hold for cremation should be made on the TVMDL submission form. Read more about TVMDL’s cremation policy here.
Fresh tissue is kept for 14 days from the date the postmortem animal/tissues are received. If additional tests are requested, requests must be made within this 14 day time period.