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Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

After Life Options

Effective March 29, 2018

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has been informed by our rendering company that due to FDA regulations they will no longer be accepting horses and will also not accept any species if they are euthanized with chemical drugs, such as pentobarbital. The renderer will accept pigs, cattle, chickens, llamas, and alpacas that die of natural causes or are euthanized by captive bolt, firearm, or IV administration of KCl following anesthesia. Large animals (horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, cervids, large exotics) that do not meet these specific criteria will need to undergo alkaline hydrolysis in the KSVDL alkaline digestor, which will require an increase in fees to $0.30/lb for disposal of large animal remains. Companion animal disposal fees will not be effected. We apologize for the short notice, but we were only notified of this change on March 23, 2018.

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory does not accept donations of animals for necropsy. All animals presented to KSVDL for after-life care will be assessed a fee based on the weight, species, and/or method of euthanasia of the animal. These fees can be found on the KSVDL website under Test and Fees or by calling Client Care at 1-866-512-5650.

The KSVDL is unable to release an animal after necropsy examination or storage of that animal in the necropsy area to the owner. Third party cremation services may be arranged by KSVDL. If you have a specific crematorium you wish to work with please have them contact KSVDL directly about pick-up of the animal.

Cremation options: A third party crematory service is available for the following additional costs.

  • Group cremation: $6.00 + $0.80/lb; maximum charge of $80.00; no ashes returned
  • Individual cremation*: $95.00 + $1.00/lb; maximum charge of $195.00; ashes returned in a cedar box with a shipping charge of $5.00-$10.00
    • *animals <5lbs flat fee of $70.00
    • * whole horses not accepted

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