Animal Forensics:

Veterinary Assessment

Veterinary Assessment

Whether alive or dead, or even if an animal is no longer available for examination, it can still be possible to undertake a comprehensive veterinary assessment of the matter.

This includes undertaking, or reviewing the following, across a range of species:

  • Clinical forensic examinations: Veterinary assessment, ageing of lesions, treatment plans.
  • Post-mortem examinations: Cause and manner of death, underlying conditions, time since death.
  • Veterinary records: Assessment of Practice notes, appropriateness of treatment plans, comparisons with witness accounts.
  • Radiographic assessments: Capturing and interpreting X-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans.
  • Injury assessment: Determining the mechanism of injury, identification of deliberate or accidental trauma.
  • Presence or absence of suffering: Determining the mechanism of suffering, extent, duration and avoidance.
  • Behavioural evaluation: Including destruction and contingent destruction assessments, mental suffering and failure to meet behavioural needs.
  • Breed typing: Morphological assessment of potential Section 1 Dogs (dangerous dogs Act).

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

  • Specialist evidence recovery: Collection of blood, urine, vomitus and faecal samples etc., microbiological swabbing, and DNA recovery.
  • Forensic entomology: Identification and assessment of myiasis larvae (fly-strike), or post-death infestations.
  • Bones and remains: Exhumation of material, identification to species, injury determination, evaluation of by-product offences.
  • Toxicology: Identification and assessment of toxins and poisons, including medications and recreational drugs.
  • Diatom analysis: Assisting in determining if animal drowned or if the carcase was deposited in water after death.
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