Post-mortem examinations

We can perform post-mortem examinations on a range of animal species, including small companion animals, livestock, horses, exotic pets, wildlife, and zoo animal species. 

Closed for building works

The Veterinary Pathology Centre will be closed for building works from 29 May as of 3pm and we are unfortunately unable to accept any post mortem submissions at present.

Our Educational Memorial Programme and Histology Service are still fully open. 

We aim to reopen at the end of July/Early August - updates will be provided on the website.

For Farm Surveillance: Please contact the Starcross Veterinary Investigation Centre on 03000 600 020 to be redirected to your nearest available facility. 

For domestic/private post mortems: Please contact your next nearest Veterinary University who may be able to assist you.

About our services

All post mortem examinations will be performed by our board-certified pathologists and pathology residents. 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 (PDF)

We do not return animals for burial after post-mortem examination and submissions will either be individually or communally cremated. For further details on the submission process please see our submissions guidelines.

Submission guidelines (PDF)


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

Post-mortem fee structure (PDF)

Delivery directions

All visitors should report to the reception at the front of the building.

Post-mortem team

Dr Sarhad Alnajjar

Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology

Pablo Diaz Santana

Resident in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

Dr Sai Fingerhood

Teaching Fellow (Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist)

Marta Hern√°ndez

Lecturer (Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist)

Tom Hussey

Tom Hussey

Post Mortem Facilities Manager

Jae Kingswell

Veterinary Pathology Centre Coordinator

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Professor Roberto La Ragione

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and Head of the School of Biosciences

Javier Marrero

Lecturer (Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist)

Katy Walker

Pathology Laboratory Manager

Find us


Veterinary Pathology Centre
Francis Crick Road
University of Surrey
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