Although it is always sad for an owner when they lose a horse, it is often necessary to perform a postmortem to determine or confirm the cause of death. This may be carried out at the request of the owner, or the insurers when a mortality claim is being made.
In the early years of the practice, Peter Rossdale understood the vital role that postmortem examinations can play in educating clinicians, providing clinical audit and advancing our understanding of disease processes. The post mortem facilities that he and Professor Ricketts established at Rossdales have undergone a complete refurbishment, and Rossdales is currently unique among equine veterinary practices in the UK in employing qualified veterinary pathologists.
Dr Alastair Foote, Managing Partner of the laboratory and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Pathology, said: “The refurbishment of the building, including a complete new hoist system, will enable us to perform postmortem examinations of the highest quality”.
For Veterinary Surgeons wishing to refer cases for postmortem examination, please contact the laboratory (01638 663017) or out of normal working hours contact the duty veterinary surgeon on 01638 663150.
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