Necropsy/Tissue - General Exam


The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory performs over 16,000 necropsies - or animal autopsies - on all different types of species every year.

Services and Fees

Effective January 12, 2016

Note: A $10.00 accession fee will be applied to all cases. An additional 10% out of state surcharge may also be applied where animals or owners are from outside the state of Minnesota. All fees are in US $.

necropsy labSee our "General Submission Guidelines" for more information on how to submit each type of animal.

Necropsies are performed Monday-Friday, except certain holidays when VDL is closed. Turnaround time is 7-14 working days for production animals;  7-21 working days for companion animals, horses and camelids;  1- 8 weeks for zoo and wildlife.  However, depending on complexity of case and types of ancillary diagnostics, case turnaround time may be extended.

Depending on the necropsy case findings, the necropsy fee may include gross examination, histopathology, bacteriology, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, and virology.  If additional tests are requested by the owner or rDVM, these tests will incur additional charges, at the discretion of the pathologist.  If only certain tests are requested, the submission form should clearly state the request.  If the clinical syndrome is similar to a reportable disease, we are obligated to test for the agent(s) of concern.

Legal Cases will be double the listed Necropsy fee at a minimum. Additional charges may apply.

Submission forms

Type of Animal Fee (per animal)
Companion Animals (feline, canine) 150.00 + $10 accession fee
Horses, Camelids (i.e Llamas, Alpacas etc) 150.00 + $10 accession fee
Fish 60.00 for up to 4 fish
10.00 each additional fish  
(no accession fee)
Poultry 75.25 for up to 10 birds
6.25 each additional bird
(no accession fee)
Ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) 85.00 + $10 accession fee
Swine 95.00 + $10 accession fee
Wildlife, Pet Birds, Pet Reptiles, etc. 85.00 + $10 accession fee
Zoo Animals 85.00 + $10 accession fee
Research Samples charge per test


Biological Waste Disposal Only                                                                                                 0.25 per pound