The first research data collection to be set up under the Rockie Miller Research Fund is on Necropsies to determine causes of death in flying squirrels .
Veterinarian charges for a necropsy can range from $40 to $80+ for a gross examination. If tissue specimens from various organs are sent to a lab for microscopic examination and pathological testing, the cost increases by $150 to $300 depending on the area of the country. NFSA members in need of financial assistance will have 60% of the cost (including shipping) paid for by the Association. Non-members can have necropsies done at their own cost.
In February 2006, contact was made with Dr. Jim Cooley DVM, DACVP, Diagnostic Lab Services at the College of Veterinarian Medicine at Mississippi State University where NFSA member Katie Mullins was attending Vet School.
Dr. Cooley is willing to assist the NFSA in compiling and maintaining a database of necropsies in order to see if any trends emerge. He will perform the postmortem examinations which will include a gross necropsy examination including nervous tissue and bone, complete histopathology, bacteriology as needed, specialty testing, if plausibly suggested, such as West Nile Virus PCR, complete pathology report and compilation into Excel database for $50 total price.
1. Joan will contact the HOF to see if they are interested in getting a necropsy to find out the cause of death. OR HOF may contact Joan and request assistance.
2. It will be determined if NFSA member needs financial assistance in getting a necropsy done.
3. NFSA member will be asked to pay 40% of cost (including shipping) which they will be send to the NFSA after they get the necropsy results.
4. Non-members will occur all expenses
There is a History Form that needs to be completed, a letter to Dr. Cooley with check offs, payment instructions and a Shipping Protocol. Joan will provide HOFs with all forms and the Shipping Protocol for flyer's remains and any other instructions necessary.
It is important that after death, the flyer should be frozen. Body should be double bagged in whirl packs, freezer or zip locked bags and refrigerated until sent.
To date, we have reports on several necropsies and expect that out affiliation with MSU will produce a more standardized examination and data collection and hopefully give us information that will aid us in providing healthier and longer lives for our furballs.
Let folks know about the loss of a precious furball who has joined others over the Rainbow Bridge.
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