Tips and techniques
to help get the most from a post mortem
Protocol for performing bovine necropsy
Comprehensive post mortem examination of body systems - pick the one you want to go into in more detail.
Tips for sending fixed brains
Tips for sampling brains post mortem, fixing in formalin and packing samples to send to a veterinary laboratory.
Getting a brain out intact
Use this simple technique to remove the whole brain intact during a field post mortem of cattle or sheep.
Collecting and transporting ocular fluids
Get useful diagnostic biochemistry up to 48 hours after death by sampling and submitting ocular (eye) fluid in a livestock post mortem.
Describing gross pathology
A guide to describing gross pathology - written by pathologists so they can see what you saw - to get the diagnostic work-up off to a strong start.
Choosing and maintaining sharp autopsy knives
A practical guide on how to choose, sharpen and maintain razor-sharp knives for use in livestock post mortems.
Mastering your brain smear technique
How to do brain and organ smears to help the diagnostic workup in the laboratory (eg rule-out tick fever).
Euthanasia of livestock with magnesium sulphate
A practical method vets can use to euthanase livestock without damaging the brain using intravenous administration of magnesium sulphate.