Submission of Materials (Bodies) For Post Mortem
All carcasses for post mortem examination should be sent to:
Carcasses must be accompanied in all cases by an IZVG Pathology Submission form and a Category 1 Animal By-Product form. Without these we may be unable to accept or process your submission.
If you wish to make use of our Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Response Service to submit a carcass, please see below.
If in doubt about where and how to send samples, please telephone 01535 692000.
Please note, post mortem reports may take up to 7 working days to produce and issue.
IZVG’s pathologists work on behalf of veterinary surgeons/practices, diagnosing disease in animals that remain under the care of the referring veterinary surgeon, who retains responsibility for clinical management and treatment of cases.
Our pathologists cannot provide clinical advice directly to other vets’ clients or members of the public based on diagnostic reports.
If a veterinary practice or private client would like a direct consultation with IZVG’s team of experienced clinicians, please contact our office on 01535 692000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this.
We can handle full post mortem examinations of any species up to approximately 200kg.
For larger animals, including all primates weighing more than 10kg, please contact IZVG Pathology (01535 692000) prior to submission.
Please note that carcasses submitted for post mortem examination cannot be returned to the owner. We can however arrange for remains to be individually-cremated and the ashes returned to the owner in a
suitable commemorative container.
Please contact IZVG Pathology (01535 692000) prior to submission and indicate your wishes clearly at the time of submission
For animals up to 10kg inside the UK please use our Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Response Service.
This should be cheaper and more straightforward than most couriers. The cost will be included in your invoice. Please contact IZVG Pathology (01535 692000) for detailed instructions including our personalised response label
When submitting a carcass by this method please follow the instructions we send you carefully. You should include:
Please note: The Post Office only permits members of the public to submit specimens through the post under the direction of a veterinary surgeon or registered laboratory.
Rules govern how specimens must be packaged for postage. It is important that these are followed to prevent specimens being destroyed and to avoid public health risks following the handling of improperly packaged specimens
Only freshly dead carcasses are suitable for post mortem examination. If you are unsure, please discuss this with us. Specimens deteriorate rapidly; it is important to make arrangements as soon as possible.
Ideally, carcasses should be stored refrigerated in a suitable appliance designated for that purpose. Frozen carcasses are less useful than refrigerated ones, but may yield diagnoses. Carcasses can also be stored outside in a cool place, inaccessible to pets, wild animals and children.
Detailed regulations for packing are available but a practical approach is summarised here:
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