Necropsy Lab Access

Accessing the Necropsy Laboratory Space

The Necropsy Laboratory of the UMN Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (VDL) is a designated area for the post-mortem examination of all animal species for diagnostic and limited research purposes. The diagnostic specimens and samples are of unknown pathogen status and may involve agents that are solely infectious to animals or zoonotic in nature. The Necropsy Lab is designated as a Biosafety Safety Level 2 space.

Because of the potential for specimens or samples to contain unknown agents infectious to animals and/or humans and the potential for the spread of these agents, access to the Necropsy Lab must be controlled and all personal protective equipment (PPE), safety, and infection control practices must be adhered to at all times. In addition, specific training and other requirements must be completed before access to the lab is granted. See below for training and other requirements.

Fees may apply.

ALL VISITORS MUST CHECK IN AT THE FRONT DESK AND ENTER THE NECROPSY SECTION THROUGH THE EAST HALLWAY.

*Note: This policy does not apply to UMN DVM students during necropsy rotation or to organized tours of the VDL.

Each time access to the Necropsy lab is requested please use the following form:
**If possible, please fill out this form at least 24 hours before the access time you are requesting**

 

Training Requirements:

Participating Visitors 

Defined as: those visitors performing post-mortem examinations or other hands-on procedures while in the Necropsy Lab 

UMN-Affiliated Visitors:

Other requirements as determined by the Necropsy Section Head

*signed forms can be printed and taken to the lab or can be scanned and emailed to vdlnecropsy@umn.edu.  

Non-UMN Affiliated Visitors:

Other requirements as determined by Necropsy Section Head

*signed forms can be printed and taken to the lab or can be  emailed to vdlnecropsy@umn.edu.  

Observing Visitors

Defined as: those visitors accessing the Necropsy Lab and observing, but not performing any hands-on procedures

Other requirements as determined by Necropsy Section Head

*signed forms can be printed and taken to the lab or can be emailed to vdlnecropsy@umn.edu 

UMN VMC Clinical Cases

UMN VMC clinicians working with a VDL Pathologist/Diagnostician do not require special training. The above form should be filled out, but prior approval from the necropsy section head is not required if arrangements are made with the VDL pathologist/diagnostician. The above form should list any students that will accompany the VMC clinician. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Per AAVLD accreditation, these requirements allow the VDL to control the access of people coming to the Necropsy section and also allows for retrospective, digital information as to who was in the Necropsy section on which date and time. This is important for the protection of both animal and human health. 

THERE IS NO UNAPPROVED FILMING OR PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED IN THE NECROPSY LABORATORY