Referring veterinarians can request that a necropsy (animal autopsy) be performed.
- The necropsy includes a full gross examination and in most cases a microscopic examination.
- Gross necropsy findings will be phoned or e-mailed to the referring veterinarian within 48 hours. A complete and final necropsy report (including gross and microscopic findings) will be reported within 6 weeks.
- All communications are with the referring veterinarian.
- For legal reasons we are not able to communicate directly with the owners.
- Faculty veterinary pathologists will perform the necropsy with the assistance of residents (veterinarians training to become pathologists) and veterinary students.
- Referring veterinarians should call (865) 974-5673 for a fee list or further information regarding necropsy submissions. (insert link)
- Prices for routine necropsies range from $80-150, depending on the size of the animal. For more information call (865) 974-5673.
- Necropsy submissions that are insurance or potential legal cases may cost up to $350.
- Rabies testing only (no necropsy) is available for $40.
- In all cases, the referring veterinarian is charged for the necropsy and any associated fees.
- It is the referring veterinarian’s responsibility to convey these charges to the owner.
- The animal’s remains can be disposed of by chemical cremation at the Veterinary Medical Center or returned to the owner via private cremation (not available for entire large animals >200 pounds).
- Referring veterinarians are responsible for making arrangements with a private cremation service (insert link to options). The Veterinary Medical Center is not responsible for making arrangements or paying any fees incurred by the private cremation service.
- In some cases, we can accept necropsy submissions from animals without a referring veterinarian. For more information on these, please call (865) 974-5673.
State Contract Necropsy Service: All necropsy charges for cattle, sheep and goats from farms in Tennessee are covered by the State of Tennessee. Fetuses and placentas also fall under this contract. The bovine submission form (insert link) should be completed and signed by referring veterinarian.
- The state contract does not include biopsies, field necropsy or “necropsy in a bottle” submissions.