Necropsy Lab Access

Accessing the necropsy laboratory space

The Necropsy Laboratory of the UMN Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (VDL) is a designated area for the post-mortem examination of all animal species for diagnostic and limited research purposes. The diagnostic specimens and samples are of unknown pathogen status and may involve agents that are solely infectious to animals or zoonotic in nature. The Necropsy Lab is designated as a Biosafety Safety Level 2 space.

Because of the potential for specimens or samples to contain unknown agents infectious to animals and/or humans and the potential for the spread of these agents, access to the Necropsy Lab must be controlled and all personal protective equipment (PPE), safety, and infection control practices must be adhered to at all times. 

Accessing the space

  • All visitors must check in at the front desk and enter the necropsy section through the east hallway.
    • Each participant is required to sign in at the front desk and read NEC.SOP.073, Necropsy Lab Access Policy. By signing REC.FORM.010, each visitor agrees to the VDL confidentiality statement and safety terms listed in NEC.SOP.073. 
  • All visitors must check out at the front desk prior to departure.

*Note: This policy does not apply to UMN DVM students during necropsy rotation or to U of M Facilities Staff.

In addition to the above, research groups are required to complete the following form for Necropsy floor access and use. Fees may apply: