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Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

After Life Options

After Life Body Care Options:

As of January 1, 2016 the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) will no longer be able to release an animal after necropsy examination or storage of that animal in the necropsy area to the owner. Pick-up by cremation servicecompaniesone of which is available through a third party who works directly with KSVDL on a routine basis will continue to be available. Outside crematories can also contact KSVDL at an owner’s request. This change is necessary to improve the level of biosecurity provided by KSVDL to our clients and the public.

KSVDL Disposal: We will dispose of the animal after completing the necropsy examination; these fees are in addition to any other testing performed.

Disposal Costs

Cremation: A crematory will pick up your animal after we have completed the necropsy examination and can cremate the animal individually or with a group. If individual cremation is chosen the ashes can then be returned to you.

  • Group: $6.00 + 80¢ per pound; maximum charge of $80.00; no ashes returned
  • Individual*: $95.00 base fee + $1.00 per pound; maximum charge of $195.00; ashes returned in a cedar box with a shipping charge of $5.00-$10.00  

    * animals < 5 pounds flat fee of $70.00
    * whole horses not accepted

As of July 1, 2017 KSVDL will no longer be accepting donations of companion animals for necropsy. All animals presented to KSVDL for after-life care will be assessed a fee based on the weight and/or species of the animal. These fees can be found on the KSVDL website under Test & Fees.

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