Post-mortem examinations

We accept cadavers for post-mortem examination from small animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents as well as birds, reptiles, fish and other small exotic species. 

Our purpose-built facilities also enable us to accept large animal species including farm, zoo and equine. 

About our post-mortem services

All post-mortem cases will be examined by our board certified pathologists. As a teaching institution, private post-mortem submissions are used to facilitate teaching our final year veterinary students on their pathology rotation.  As such, the animal may be kept frozen until it is of maximum educational benefit and the turnaround time for receipt of the final report may be up to 6-8 weeks.  Please communicate this to the client before submitting for examination. For urgent cases (for example, if other animals may be affected), please phone to discuss.

Disposal will be by either individual or communal creation. We cannot return animals for burial after post-mortem examination and we do not carry out cosmetic post-mortem examinations.

Pricing and submission process

Gross post-mortem examination and routine histopathology for up to 5 tissues will be included in the standard fees which are based on species and weight as shown in our post-mortem price structure. Additional tests recommended in the initial report will be charged only following approval by the submitting veterinary surgeon. 

Advance notification will be required for any intended post-mortem submission so that we can coordinate delivery and properly manage logistics. All cases must be accompanied by a completed signed submission form.   

Submission form

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Price list

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Submission guidelines

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Veterinary Pathology Centre
Francis Crick Road
University of Surrey