Necropsy Services Group

1046 Olive Dr. Suite 3
Davis, CA 95616


Necropsy Services Group Fee Schedule

Performing pet autopsies for veterinarians and owners since 2008

The total cost for a complete necropsy examination (pet autopsy) performed with the intent to determine the cause of death will be between $1000-$2000 depending on the size of the pet, circumstances surrounding its death and other historical information.  The total cost typically includes the complete post mortem gross necropsy examination (pet autopsy) with microscopic examination (histopathology) of selected tissues if needed.  Additional charges may apply if additional testing such as toxicology, immunohistochemisty, microbiology, or radiology are needed or requested. Courier service fees and private cremation fees may also apply. An estimate for the total charges that may be incurred for any post mortem exam can be obtained via telephone. (530) 297-0470

Complete Necropsy Examination (Cause of Death Determination)

Most cats (special circumstances may incur additional fees)

Most dogs (extra large dogs or special circumstances may incur additional fees)





Courier Service (call for a quote)


Bay Area


$150 - 200

$200 - 250

Disposition of Remains

Private Cremation (ashes returned)

Communal Cremation (no ashes returned)

$200 - 250






Necropsy Examination

Refers to the dissection of the bodies of dead animals in order to determine the time, circumstances and potential cause(s) of death, the presence or absence of infectious or contagious diseases or to document the presence of trauma, injury or animal abuse.

Cause of Death

Refers to an official determination of conditions resulting in an animal's death.


Refers to evaluation of the internal organs during the autopsy with the unaided eye (no magnification or microscope)

Microscopic or Histopathologic

Refers to the evaluation of tissue samples collected during the autopsy with a microscope.  Tissue samples that are collected during the autopsy must first be fixed in formalin (formaldehyde) and then trimmed for special processing and microscopic slide preparation.

Board Certified Pathologist

Refers to specialized training in pathology. Requirements include three years of residency training and passing a rigorous board examination.


Refers to branch of science concerned with the nature, effects, and detection of poisons. At NSG we can collect samples (usually urine or liver) and submit them to the toxicology lab at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory.


Refers to the use of X-ray imaging to detect disease. In the setting of post mortem pathology it is most useful in detecting bone fractures. Other soft tissue pathology is more easily diagnosed during autopsy.


Refers to evaluation for the presence of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, etc). This can be performed through direct culture methods or evaluation of tissue samples collected during necropsy for specific genomic sequences using PCR.