Canine, Feline, Other – Basic Necropsy

Section: Histology, Pathology

Fee: $165.00*

Turnaround Time: 10 business days

Days Test Started: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Species: Canine, Feline, Other




Minimum Amount

Whole Animal

Collection Information

WHOLE ANIMAL - Refrigerate and store the body until it is able to be delivered to the lab for necropsy. With large animals, move the body to a cool, shady area away from direct sunlight. Deliver the whole body for necropsy to ADDL as soon as possible to minimize autolysis.

Shipping Information

OVERNIGHT - Ship overnight in an insulated shipper with ice packs (pack absorptive material to collect moisture) DO NOT SHIP OVER THE WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY - NO SATURDAY DELIVERY
LEAKS - Ensure all samples are in leak proof packages and clearly labeled with Tissue Type/Animal ID/Owner Name. Include absorptive material to collect any leaks - double bag any fresh tissues.
PAPERWORK - Package paperwork separately in a waterproof, sealable plastic bag. Ensure paperwork is complete and specimens are labeled for easily matching. If you are using CF.755 Multiple Animal Continuation Form, please include a hard copy and email a copy to
WHOLE ANIMAL - Double bag body if shipping through a courrier service.

Additional Information
Please complete the Necropsy Submission Form with appropriate information and history.
The necropsy fee covers one (1) adult animal OR two (2) puppies or kittens. A basic necropsy at the ADDL includes a gross and histologic examination and report. Separate charges apply for all additional tests: PCR, parasitology, bacteriology, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, toxicology, virus isolation, serology, IHC, and tests available only at other labs. For a necropsy that includes more diagnostics, please see Canine, Feline, Other – Comprehensive Necropsy

*Fee does not include accessioning fee ($10 additional charge).

Legal/Insurance cases requiring additional documentation will be charged an additional non-refundable fee to be obtained at the time of submission. Cases with potential legal ramifications must be submitted on the Legal Necropsy Submission Form.

Cremation services are available.

Additional or mail-out tests will result in additional charges.

Spinal cord removal will result in additional charges.

*Necropsy cases that the remains are not cremated will have an additional fee added for disposal of the remains. For more information, visit Necropsy Disposal.

Owner-submitted necropsy cases are required to prepay at the time of submission. The sum of the prepayment will be the accessioning fee, necropsy fee, and the elected remains disposition. Payment may be made in cash, credit card (VISA/MC), or check. Fees associated with any returned checks will be added to the case. Additional charges related to the case will be billed to the client upon completion.

Special procedures may necessitate additional time.

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