Animal Forensics:

Forensic Examination

Forensic Examination

Just as with Veterinary Assessment, it is not always possible to physically examine an animal. The items associated with the animal or its surroundings may be available for examination, or relevant images and footage can be analysed and assessed.

Examination strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification of blood and interpretation of blood patterns.
  • Identification of other bodily fluids and material.
  • DNA profiling, species and individuals, parentage.
  • Recovery of hair and fur for species identification.
  • Determination of hair and fur damage (i.e. shed, pulled, cut, singed).
  • Recovery of fingerprints, footwear and tool marks.
  • Damage assessment of clothing and items.

In addition, a range of other specific services is available, including:

  • Firearms and projectiles: Identification and classification of weapons, target and trajectory of shot, weapon and projectile comparison (i.e. airgun pellets, bullets and cartridges).
  • Trace evidence: Recovery and analysis of paint, glass, fibres and debris.
  • Audio-visual enhancement: CCTV footage, images and sound recordings, facial comparisons and voice recognition.
  • Digital analysis: Extracting from mobile phones and computers, recovery of data from damaged and corrupted devices, cell site analysis, location of devices and file-sharing.
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