WVC 92nd Annual Conference
Equine Field Necropsy
Performing a complete post-mortem examination in the field can be a daunting task for the equine practitioner. Systemic examination of the entire carcass comes with a variety of challenges that are not encountered when carrying out a “cosmetic” necropsy, during which only a certain anatomical structure, organ system or body cavity is assessed. Although a full field necropsy is a time-consuming and challenging task, it can be completed with minimal equipment and little assistance. Good preparation (site selection, setup and positioning of the carcass, sample container preparation), a well-structured dissection protocol and accurate documentation are critical for a successful post-mortem examination in the field.