Dissection with target-oriented organ removal in pigs - what for?


The post-mortem opening and pathomorphological examination of the carcass is a valuable addition to clinical diagnostic methods.

While the clinical examination of the living animal must in principle be limited to a check of the organ functions and a narrow spectrum of sample materials that can be taken from the animal, such as blood, excretions and secretions, the pathological examination of dead and killed animals allows the optimum samples for clarifying the cause of the disease and death to be taken specifically from a very broad spectrum of possible samples and examined further.

The pathomorphological findings can provide additional information that can often narrow down the aetiological differential diagnoses of the clinical examination to a few. These can then be specifically clarified by further examinations.

In addition, indirect and direct evidence of pathogens that occur naturally or frequently in pigs, such as PCV2, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Glaesserella parasuis or Mycoplasma, can often only be weighted in terms of their case-related clinicopathological significance through the detection or exclusion of pathogen-typical lesions.

Dissections at the IVD


During the dissection of pigs by the IVD, a targeted collection of suitable sample material for further examinations is carried out on the basis of the preliminary clinical report and the macroscopic findings. The samples are immediately subjected to the desired infection diagnostic and/or histological examinations in consultation with the veterinarian. For examinations not offered by the IVD GmbH itself, suitable samples are forwarded immediately to other institutes on request (e.g. for toxicological examinations).

 Animals for dissection are accepted from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. so that the samples taken can be examined further on the same day without loss of time. In case of a later delivery, a dissection of the carcasses including the further examinations on the same day cannot be guaranteed.

 Due to the spatial and technical conditions, only pigs up to a maximum body weight of 200 kg can be dissected. Animals suspected of being infected are not accepted. Piglets and pigs up to approx. 40 kg can be accepted alive.

 Pre-registration by telephone +49511 220029-13 and a preliminary report from the veterinarian (e.g. by fax: +49511 220029-99 or e-Mail) are required.

If possible, freshly dead animals should be sent in. Untreated animals with typical clinical symptoms are best suited for clarification of the disease.


For further questions please contact:


Dr. med. vet. Renate Frase

(Head of pathology and specialist  for veterinary pathology)

Phone: +49511 220029-13 or -0

e-Mail: frase

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