Practical Veterinary Forensics

Veterinarians often come into contact with the law in cases of animal cruelty, domestic animal and wildlife crimes, and human crimes with an animal element. This book provides practical information and training on how to operate within a crime scene. It covers the tests that may need to be carried out, collecting evidence, preparing reports and giving evidence in court as an expert witness.

Concentrating on the basic principles and background knowledge needed, the book includes hair, blood and bite mark analysis as well as an overview of firearms injury. It explores wider concepts such as the human-animal bond and one health, going on to give practical guidance and numerous case studies, which bring the book to life and into the real world of the busy crime scene.

Practical Veterinary Forensics is an indispensable guide to all veterinarians working in cases of animal cruelty, abuse and crimes against animals. It is essential for welfare organizations, animal shelters and those requiring an introduction to veterinary forensic science.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

  • 1: Introduction: What is Veterinary Forensics?
  • 2: Forensic Philosophy
  • 3: Law & Animals
  • 4: Forensic Science and Applications to One Health
  • 5: Evidence Collection and Gathering: The Living Evidence
  • 6: Forensic Examination of Animal Hair
  • 7: Firearms and Ballistics
  • 8: Blood and Blood Pattern Analysis
  • 9: Understanding the Nature of Document Evidence
  • 10: Forensic Toxicology
  • 11: Bitemark Analysis
  • 12: Report Writing
  • 13: The Human-Animal Interaction

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