The following procedure is an example of how to properly perform a field necropsy on an adult cow or bull. You may find it beneficial to take photographs of your findings for your veterinarian to view with you later. One hint to keep in mind throughout the necropsy is that if it has a lumen (hollow organ), open it and if it is solid, cut through it.
the animal placed on it's left side; this places the rumen down making
it much easier to visualize the abdominal organs.
|Make the first incision under the animals lower jaw. Place the tip of your knife under the skin and make a smooth cut along the neck.|