Pathological examinations are used to determine the cause of death of a bird or reptile. They are often carried out to clarify suddenly occurring diseases in a flock. Please find out more about the procedure of our pathological examinations, provisions for sending the specimen material and the associated costs.

Feingewebliche Darstellung von einem untersuchten Organ
Pathological examinaton - photo: Dr. V. Schmidt

Further Information

In addition to the pathological-anatomical examination of the organs, an examination for parasite stages as well as a microscopic examination of the organs with a rapid dyeing (cytological examination) is routinely carried out during an autopsy.

This enables detection of pathogenic germs such as mycobacteria, parasites or fungi within a very short time. Pathological-histological examination, as a component of the post-mortem examination facilitates evaluation of pathological-anatomical findings in fine tissue. This is particularly essential in case of

  • Unclear findings
  • Determination of infectious agents
  • Evaluation of poisoning
  • Metabolic disorders and
  • Neoplastic diseases

In addition, a sample of each organ is initially frozen for possible examination for bacteria, fungi, viruses or toxins, so that further examinations can be initiated at a later time if necessary. All findings are digitally documented in photographs directly during the dissection or microscopic examination, so that a thorough discussion is possible both with the animal owners and with referring veterinarians and scientists.

After completion of all necessary examinations, you will receive a written report from us, in which the individual animal identification is also documented, so that you can inform the responsible authorities about the death of your animal.

Preliminary report

Please enclose a preliminary report with each submission. You are welcome to use the examination application form provided by us for this purpose. The preliminary report should contain the following anamnestic data:

  • single animal or herd problem
  • husbandry
  • feeding
  • chronologically related changes and other events
  • the clinical symptoms
  • the course of the disease
  • medications already applied and
  • other findings (e.g. imaging examinations, laboratory diagnostics).

After completion of all necessary examinations, you will receive a written report from us, in which the individual animal identification is also documented, so that you can inform the competent authority about the death of your animal, if needed. Please inform us in your examination application whether you would like to receive the report by regular mail, fax or email. In addition, it is useful for possible queries if you provide a telephone number or an email address.


It is important to ensure adequate packing when postal delivery is used, so that dring transport the material to be examined or the carcass ist not damaged and to avoid contamination of the environment. For this purpose, the animal body or organ samples should be packed leak-proof (e.g. in a plastic bag) and break-proof (e.g. in a cardboard box). Depending on the weather conditions or the time of dispatch, cooling (e.g. with a cold pack) may be necessary. In the case of marked animals, the marking must remain on the animal as well as on the animal parts so that a clear allocation of the carcass is possible.

Consignments from outside the European Union: Please observe import regulations, otherwise the consignment will be held up at customs. Apart from that, please observe the general transport regulations of your transport service provider.

The cost of post-mortem examination depends on the extent of the necessary examinations to clarify the cause of death as well as the cause of the disease, so that it makes sense to state corresponding price ideas or to clarify them by telephone. Our price list provides an overview of possible costs.

Please note: Invoices are issued to the client who has commissioned the examination with his or her signature.

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