While conducting the lectures for undergraduate students ingeneral veterinary pathology, my students and I noted the dearth of literatures dealing with procedures in performing necropsies. It appearedthat similar to most skills that were transferred from generation togeneration of veterinarians, necropsy techniques considerably varies, yetthe object of the exercise remains the same, i.e., to systematicallyexamine the animal carcass. While doing my postgraduate degree, I wastempted to ask my former professors an appropriate text for me tomaster the skills. They replied that there seems to be no onedocumenting the procedure prompted me to write one. This booktherefore is an attempt to document the procedures.While I do not purport to be the original source of the routinenecropsy techniques herein described, I attempted to include techniquesfor cosmetic necropsies. It happened to me one day that I was awe-struck by the owner holding her dead pet and asking me if there was analternative procedure that will not “mutilate” her pet dog. I get hold of her dead pet and made a deal that a cosmetic procedure will be done. Myacademic supervisor, seeing the results then told me to “better documentthat one too”.It is hoped that this book will be of value to both students andpracticing veterinarians alike. The initiation to veterinary pathologyseems to start at the necropsy rounds. Have our predecessors did notstudy the changes in organs and tissues through skillful necropsies, thenI surmise that our knowledge about animal diseases could have beenvery, very limited indeed. Let the initiation then begin!
EM CabanaJune 2001