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Necropsy Technician Duties

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This is technical work assisting a pathologist in performing necropsies and related technical procedures.

An employee in this class is responsible for limited tasks during the conduct of the necropsy and related diagnostic analysis. Work includes maintenance of instruments and equipment, preparation of solutions, aseptic cleaning of laboratory areas, and disposal of specimens. Hazards may exist in the presence of infectious bacteria and viruses in animal tissue; decomposing tissues may create unpleasant working conditions. Work is performed under close supervision.


Receives living and dead animals at the laboratory; bleeds and euthanizes animals as needed; prepares mailed in specimens.

Makes up formalin solution; cleans and sterilizes necropsy instruments; stocks necropsy room with needed supplies; prepares disinfectant solutions for footwear and clothing.

Assists the pathologist with necropsy by opening the cadaver, and removing various organs such as the heart and liver, the brain or the spinal cord.

Cleans up laboratory following necropsy; packs blood tube boxes for shipment; prepares cadavers for disposal; loads and operates an incinerator.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school supplemented by training in a technical program from a vocational school with course work in anatomy and dissection; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of dissecting procedures used in pathological examinations.

Knowledge of sequence of routine necropsy procedures and knowledge of aseptic laboratory preparations.

Skill in executing assigned necropsy techniques.

Ability to established and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and others.

Ability to understand and follow detailed oral instructions.



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