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By Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM Dip Forensic Medicine DipECVP MRCVS, Helen M. C. Munro BVMS MRCVS

This e-book courses veterinarians and legal professionals throughout the assorted and complicated fields of alleged cruelty to, and illegal killing of, significant other animals, farm farm animals and flora and fauna. It attracts jointly present wisdom on find out how to strategy, examine and document forensic situations.

  • Covers all elements of the forensic autopsy together with reason and time of death
  • Features the basics of abuse and neglect
  • Allows quick entry to descriptions of alternative sorts of accidents and provides crucial counsel on their interpretation
  • Backed through sensible normal operative strategies from global specialists to make sure right case management
  • High caliber, specifically chosen pictures, a transparent writing type and concise presentation informs and encourages the reader in the direction of soundly-based conclusions

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7). On the left side of the face and head, bruising overlay part of the upper jaw and cheekbone, and extended into the adjacent muscles. The cheekbone was fractured in two places and a depressed fracture involved much of the side of the skull. A large haemorrhage was present within the left side of the brain. The issues: 1 How many blows were struck? The areas of injury were well defined in this case and guidance on the number of times that the puppy was struck was important. The nature and distribution of the bruising and fractures suggested one or more blows to the left side of the Fig.

Does the presence of disease alter the interpretation of other post-mortem findings? • Would it be reasonable to expect the average owner or keeper of the animal to have noticed any signs of ill health? • Should veterinary treatment have been given? Such questions are important for two reasons. First, unnecessary suffering may have arisen directly through neglect of the disease process. 7 References 1. Clinical history: An elderly dog suffering from untreated hyperadrenocorticism was polydipsic, had begun wetting during the night, was ravenously hungry and his progressive bilateral alopecia and distended abdomen made him unsightly.

Post-mortem examination: The horns curved forwards, downwards and inwards towards the head below and behind the eyes. The portions of horn recovered by the police made exact physical matches with the cut ends of the horns, and aligned with and pressed into damaged skin and underlying tissues on the sides of the bull’s head. The skin, particularly on the left side, was grossly thickened and a hole 28 mm in diameter penetrated through the skin. The tip of the horn pressed against the zygomatic arch behind the eye.

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