Post Mortem

Whether it is a sudden death or a frustrating case that did not respond to treatment‚ a post mortem is the ‘gold standard’ in identifying disease and usually‚ the cause of death. This is of special relevance in farm animal practice, as the rest of the herd / flock may be at risk.

Synergy Farm Health is fortunate to have the main collectors of casualty stock in the area on it’s doorstep. Thanks to their cooperation we are able to carry out post mortems which we find is an invaluable aid to monitoring herd health.

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Why bother with a post mortem?

  • Some may say “don’t throw good money after bad” but often at least some useful information can be obtained from the unfortunate circumstance of a dead animal.
  • Unexplained sudden deaths are inevitable but it is always reassuring that it is likely to be a ‘one off’ and not the start of a bigger problem.
  • Confirming the diagnosis in an animal that has not responded to treatment is reassuring and can be useful for the approach to the ‘next case’.
  • A run of similar but unexplained symptoms can be very frustrating and potentially expensive if animals don’t recover. Often a post mortem is the best and most cost effective way of diagnosing the problem.
  • General information about herd health is often found as a ‘secondary’ in post mortems, for example evidence of liver fluke infestation, fatty liver or lungworm.

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Our post mortem service is available to any farmers who use Frome Vale. We would ask that farmers who are not clients of Synergy Farm Health make the request via their own veterinary surgeon. In all cases please make sure the lorry driver is aware that you would like a post mortem and also ring the surgery to ask us to carry one out. The cost is £80 plus VAT.

PLEASE NOTE

IN CASES OF SUDDEN DEATH IN CATTLE IT IS A REQUIREMENT TO INFORM YOUR VETERINARY PRACTICE BEFORE THE CARCASE IS MOVED SO THAT AN ANTHRAX TEST IS CARRIED OUT. WE ARE UNABLE TO PERFORM A POST MORTEM AFTER A SUDDEN DEATH UNLESS AN ANTHRAX TEST HAS BEEN DONE AND IS NEGATIVE.