Referral Necropsy Service
Necropsies can be performed on the patients from referring veterinarians with the final necropsy report (includes gross and microscopic findings) reported in 2-6 weeks. Gross necropsy findings will be phoned or e-mailed to the referring veterinarian within 48 hours. Anatomic Pathology faculty are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Referring veterinarians should call (865) 974-5673 for a fee list or further information regarding necropsy submissions. The necropsy request and body release form should be fully completed with signature of the referring veterinarian.
Disposition of Body After Necropsy: The Veterinary Medical Center will dispose of the body after necropsy or the referring veterinarian may request a private cremation for the animal (not available for entire large animals >200 lbs). Referring veterinarians are responsible for owners making arrangements with a private cremation service. The Veterinary Medical Center is a handling service for private cremation after necropsy and is not responsible for making arrangements or any fees incurred by the private cremation service.
Necropsy referral service does not offer return of the body to owner after necropsy.
State Contract Necropsy (Bovine, Caprine, Ovine): All necropsy charges for state contract located on a farm in Tennessee are covered by the State of Tennessee. Fetuses and placentas also fall under this contract. Download the state contract submission form, which should be fully completed and signed by referring veterinarian.
The state contract does not include biopsy, field necropsy or necropsy in a bottle submissions.
Field Necropsy/Necropsy in a Bottle: Only whole animals are accepted by our necropsy service. Formalin-fixed tissue samples on necropsies are defined as biopsies and should be submitted to our biopsy service.
DOA Necropsy: DOA animal has no referring veterinarian nor has ever been seen as a patient at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Our Necropsy Referral Service does not accept necropsies without a referring veterinarian or animals which have never been patients at the Veterinary College. The college does offer a DOA-Necropsy (not established client or not referred) Service. For more information regarding this service, please contact us.