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Necropsy Options

Veterinarians and owners of commercial and backyard poultry are encouraged to submit unexpectedly dead poultry for necropsy (postmortem) examination to UC Davis Vet Med's Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory.

This program assists with the State's surveillance program to monitor and detect immediate threats of disease. The Information obtained from the diagnostic work is invaluable for monitoring the spread of disease.

  • REFRIGERATE deceased poultry, do NOT freeze them.
  • Pack in a plastic bag surrounded by shipping ice, normally available at places that receive refrigerated items such as veterinarian offices and drug stores.
  • Carcasses must be delivered by overnight mail, shipping and handling costs are at the owner's expense.
  • Submission form must be included in the shipment.