In veterinary field, post-mortem examinations are known as necropsy.
It is conducted on deceased animals in order to get to know the cause of death or to collect tissues and organs specimens for further diagnosis. The diagnosis may help to gain better understanding about a particular disease and veterinarians can come out with a better treatment to cure the disease. Some other significance of necropsies is to clarify the cause of production loss either due to existing diseases or management issues, to determine the efficiency of new medical or surgical techniques and therapies, to determine the efficiency of new medicines, to clarify the toxicity of therapeutic agents, to collect important and accurate information that can be added into national records of animal disease, to gain legal information and other same importance such as for humans autopsy. In conclusion, there are numerous amounts of benefits and significance of post-mortem examination. Post-mortem allow doctors to assess, correct and confirm clinical diagnosis by improving their ability to diagnose and applying new medical knowledge for future practices. Besides, post-mortem provides the answers and information about particular diseases (such as cancer) that cannot be acquired by living subjects.
Indirectly, the diagnosis could clarify the efficiency of new surgical techniques, drugs or therapies for the diseases and with that, surviving rate for the patients could increase too. With the help of post-mortem, any chemical process that could cause changes on tissues or organs either inhaling or ingestion of chemicals, food additives or pollutants, could be find out (L. Rogozea, 2014). The probability of solving complex and criminal cases also could be improve with the evidences and traces collected from the post-mortem examinations. Thus, post-mortem examinations are very important as they not only provide the answers on how, when, and why it happened but also give hopes for medical educations and medical practices as it is one of the most helpful learning tool in the study of basic pathology including the veterinary field.
However, it is still should be done legally and ethically with acceptable license from authorities.