Field necropsy and diagnostic sample submission
Field necropsies can provide a wealth of information that can help guide production management decisions. Techniques outlined can allow a veterinary practitioner to complete a thorough necropsy of a bovine, including examination of the brain when indicated, in less than 20 min. Outlined procedures emphasize not detaching organs from the carcass unless necessary, thereby making carcass removal by rendering companies more efficient and minimizing cleanup on the production unit premise. An observation and history collection system using form templates and photographs is outlined that improves efficiency of recording necropsy results. One key to necropsy efficiency, speed, and enjoyment is having sharp knives. The first part of this paper includes tips for sharpening knives, and also includes detailed information on appropriate diagnostic specimen handling, packaging, and shipping.