In-house necropsy procedure tips for both vets and techs

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Dr. Catherine Pfent and the author preparing to perform a large animal necropsy in the field. Photo courtesy Leigha Wright
A necropsy can be quickly and efficiently performed in a general practice veterinary setting to determine the cause of an animal’s death.  Performing a necropsy can help to not only determine the cause of death, but also help educate all involved in the process. It is common to study a disease such as heartworm for years in school, perform the blood tests in clinic, and explain the life cycle to clients in an exam room many times, but never really grasp the severity of the disease process until the effects on a patient are visualized.
Looking at an image of an abundance of heartworms blocking the right atrium can aid ...


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