Review Article
Volume 5 Issue 11 - 2020
The Equine Necropsy a Update
Abelardo Morales-Briceño*
ALSHULA Veterinary Pharmacy and Technical Support, Doha, Qatar
*Corresponding Author: Abelardo Morales-Briceño, ALSHULA Veterinary Pharmacy and Technical Support, Doha, Qatar.
Received: October 08, 2020; Published: October 22, 2020


Necropsy can be defined as a systematic study of an animal’s corpse, in this case the horse, is a diagnostic procedure in order to determine the cause of death. The aim of this study was to review an update of necropsy in horses. Necropsy in horses is very important for forensic medicine (in case of sudden death in the breed), population medicine (in the case of some diseases that affect the horse population, for example, the Equine Influenza virus, Equine Herpesvirus 1/4), public health (very important equine encephalitis, such as VEE, West Nile virus and rabies), research (in the case of catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries, in the case of study of some drugs for neoplasms in the equine melanoma model), legal necropsy (in case of animal abuse and very frequent use in recent years, as well as recent legal cases of drugs prohibited in horse racing) and horse insurance. The regular performance of the postmortem necropsy exam will greatly increase the likelihood of accurate diagnoses and often provide a more complete understanding of cases. This article analyzes the most relevant and updated aspects of necropsy in horses, including some specific protocols in case of musculoskeletal injuries, sudden death and pathologies of the central nervous system, etiological agents and sampling. In addition, the horse’s autopsy in the field. In conclusion, equine necropsy represents a post-mortem diagnostic tool in the horse, which can be performed by an equine veterinarian in the field, including sample collection and/or by an accredited veterinary pathologist in an official laboratory of the institution.

Keywords: Equine; Horses; Necropsy


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