Veterinary Necropsy Technique
by Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Post mortem (PM) is the procedure carried out after death to determine the cause of death. It is a specialised procedure, requiring a good knowledge of animal anatomy. The operator needs to know what normal healthy tissue looks like and this cannot be learnt from books, only from experience. The farmer should attend post mortems conducted by the vet and look at healthy tissue at abattoirs etc.
- Rubber boots, protective clothing, rubber apron or lab coat, rubber gloves.
- Knives – large and small, with sharpening steel.
- Scissors (various sizes) and saws; bone cutters
- A number of sterile, open-mouthed screw top jars of different sizes for specimen collection
- Formalin (40% formaldehyde)
- Sterile swabs in test tubes
- Alcohol cleaned slides for smears, preferably in a rack or box
- Plastic bags for specimens
- Petri dishes
- Soap, water, disinfectant and towel.
All samples e.g. smears, slides, tissue sections, should be labeled and stored as they are taken.