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In some cases, we can accept necropsy submissions for animals without a referral from a veterinarian. For more information, please call 865-974-5673.

Please see our Non-referral necropsy information sheet.​​


We realize the loss of an animal may be a stressful experience, and we are sorry for your loss. Veterinary pathologists perform necropsies (autopsy on an animal) in order to determine the cause of death or the extent of disease. In most circumstances, your veterinarian orders the necropsy.

When you bring your animal in for a necropsy, you will be given a form to fill out with your animal’s medical history, any symptoms you are aware of, and any known information about the circumstances of your animal’s death. The detailed information will aid the pathologist during the necropsy. You will also be asked to provide a contact phone number to receive initial findings and a mailing address to receive the finalized necropsy report. If you decide to use this service, please call prior to dropping off animals for necropsy (865-974-8387). You may also call to receive a cost estimate. You will be asked to pay for any non-referral necropsy service charges at the time of registration.

Handling of Remains

  • We do NOT return bodies to the owners or referring veterinarians
  • The animal’s remains can be disposed of 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 (Yeargan Pet burial, Resthaven, Tri-county pet services).  The Veterinary Medical Center is not responsible for making arrangements of paying any fees incurred by the private cremation service.

Contact Information​



  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Monday – Friday

Shipping Address

  • UTCVM Anatomic Pathology Laboratory
  • Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
  • 2407 River Drive, Room A205
  • Knoxville, TN 37996-4543