Necropsy Technician Duties
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of dissecting procedures used in pathological
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.