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The Necropsy and Pathology services are performed by board-certified veterinary pathologists and necropsy technical staff whose principal role is to determine the cause of death for animals submitted to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center.
These scientists examine carcasses to verify species and condition, collect and process photographic and radiographic images, conduct detailed necropsies, collect appropriate samples for histological examination, and collect and submit appropriate tissue samples for diagnostic laboratory evaluation. Histology, laboratory test results, and necropsy findings are interpreted by pathologists to determine cause of death.
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Notable wildlife mortality cases are highlighted in the Pathology Case of the Month series.