Key Features

  • Covers all aspects of the forensic post-mortem including cause and time of death

  • Features the fundamentals of abuse and neglect
  • Allows rapid access to descriptions of different types of injuries and gives essential guidance on their interpretation
  • Backed by practical standard operative procedures from world experts to ensure proper and professional case management
  • High quality, specially selected photographs, a clear writing style and concise presentation informs and encourages the reader towards soundly-based conclusions

Table of Contents

Introduction

Definition of forensic veterinary pathology – a developing specialty.

The relationship between the forensic veterinary pathologist and the courts.
Why do it?

The forensic examination and report

The locus: types of loci, value of attending at the locus, notes and photographs * The forensic necropsy procedure: standard procedures, avoidance of pitfalls, natural disease
Interpretation of findings *Report writing: plain English, formatting and numbering

Estimation of the post mortem interval * Rigor mortis, post mortem changes including adipocere and mummification, immunohistochemistry, entomology and environmental clues

Wounds and other injuries

Superficial injuries: skin wounds including abrasions, incisions, lacerations and stab wounds * Bruising and haemorrhage * Internal injuries: blunt trauma; penetrating wounds; head; thoracic; abdominal; pelvic and limb injuries

Non- accidental injury

Terminology and definitions * Features that raise suspicion * Links to violence in the home * Limitations on application of current knowledge to non-companion animals
Asphyxia and Drowning

Definition of asphyxia * General features * Strangulation, Choking & Smothering, Suffocation & Crush Asphyxia, Poisonous gases, Smoke inhalation, Drowning

Firearms

Types of weapons and ammunition: air rifles, shotguns, rifles and crossbows * Firearm injuries: air rifle pellets wounds, shotgun pellet wounds, high and low velocity rifle bullet wounds

Traps and snares

Illegal use of traps and snares * Injuries caused by spring traps * Injuries caused by snares * Deaths in cage traps

Dog bite injuries

Injuries to hares killed during hare coursing * Injuries to roe deer seized by dogs * Injuries to domestic livestock following stock worrying

Poisoning

Necropsy features raising suspicion of chemical poisoning

Thermal injuries

Burns and scalds

Details

No. of pages:
124
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Saunders Ltd.
Print ISBN:
9780702028786
Electronic ISBN:
9780702037290