What is a Necropsy?

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What is a Necropsy?

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A necropsy is a postmortem examination. You may also hear a necropsy called an autopsy, postmortem, or obduction. Some people like to use the term “necropsy” specifically for examinations which are performed on non-humans, reserving “autopsy” for humans specifically. Whether performed on humans or animals, necropsies can provide important information about the cause of death, and this information can be used in a wide variety of ways. Necropsies on animals are routinely performed when a new disease breaks out, to determine which animals carry the disease, and what the effects of the disease on animals might be. In areas where zoonotic diseases are endemic, a necropsy may be ordered on any suspicious animal death, to determine what the animal died of and to see if the death should be a cause for concern. Scientific researchers also necropsy the subjects of their research to learn more about how their research is going. During a necropsy, the person who performs the examination first ins

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A necropsy is a post-mortem examination and dissection of an animal’s body to determine the cause of death. This Blue Whale died from a ship strike along its dorsal, lateral side. This is evident from a 15-foot long haematoma (a.k.a. a bruise) and the extensive damage to the whale’s backbone. The size of the ship cannot be confirmed, nor can the date or location of the initial injury. There was evidence of shark bites, most likely post-mortem. The largest shark bite was about 12 inches, which indicates a shark that is about 20-feet long. Tissue samples from the skin, tissues and blubber were collected; and measurements such as length, girth, and blubber thickness were taken. Tissue samples can help with genetic studies when they are collected before too much decay has occurred. The necropsy team was unable to collect fecal and urine samples, and stomach contents as that part of the whale’s body was inadvertently damaged. Usually fecal samples and stomach contents help researchers see i

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A necropsy, also called a post-mortem exam, is an examination of an animal after death. It is performed to obtain an accurate cause of death, and when done properly involves looking at the animal as a whole, as well as looking at each individual organ within the body. Careful examination and sampling of organs helps determine the cause of death, whether it is by disease or trauma.

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