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Postmortem services
Provision of diagnostic postmortem examination services
  1. Alasdair Cook1,
  2. Matt Dobbs2 and
  3. Rupert Hine3
  1. 1 School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7TE
  2. 2Westpoint Veterinary Group, Dawes Farm, Bognor Road, Warnham, West Sussex RH12 3SH
  3. 3 Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Spur 3, Block C, Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester, Worcestershire WR5 2LQ
  1. e-mail: alasdair.j.cook{at}

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THE Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), formerly the AHVLA, announced in September that the University of Surrey had been successful in tendering for the provision of postmortem examinations of farmed livestock, joining its network, alongside SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). This service includes cattle, small ruminants, pigs, poultry and gamebirds, but excludes horses. Surrey university is pleased to confirm that the provision of this service will begin at the end of January 2015.

From this date, private veterinary surgeons will be able to call a dedicated telephone number to request a subsidised postmortem examination from the university. A triage process will be followed …

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