Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine


Over the past 15 years, the demand for expert veterinary opinion in the court of law has increased greatly. This title covers the forensic aspects of veterinary medicine, and features contributions from both the veterinary and medical professions.

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Over the past 15 years, the demand for expert veterinary opinion in the court of law has increased greatly. This title covers the forensic aspects of veterinary medicine, and features contributions from both the veterinary and medical professions.

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"The text is well illustrated with 157 illustrations, includingeight pages of color plates. The authors... [have a] unique insightand experience in forensic pathology.... this book will beapplicable fo many veterinary practitioners throughout Europe andNorth America.... this is a useful text... which can serve as anexcellent starting point and reference."- VeterinaryPathology

"This book... is much more than an introduction. It is, inevery sense, a textbook. Indeed, it is truly a tome... plentifullyillustrated and truly weighty, since it it is packed to overflowingwith well established, but previously hard to find, facts andreferences.... a valued reference text, not only for those closelyinvolved with cruelty work but also as an indispensable guide forgeneral veterinary practitioners in their day-to-day work." -Veterinary Record

"It is clear that the authors... achieved their goal... theperfect team to produce a book on veterinary forensic science.Their lifetime experience and dedication to work on forensics andwildlife is reflected in the pages of this text.  Theuncomplicated language, with rare use of technical jargon, the easyflow of text, the short sections and the synthesis of informationin tables and figures - adding clarity to the interrelation ofconcepts - make this book easily comprehensible.... Plenty ofdiscussion is dedicated to particular situations, culture,ways of thinking and attitudes towards animals in many parts of theworld. Of great value is the comprehensive list ofinternational references, which is extremely up-to-date and alsoincludes items published centuries ago. Readers... are providedwith a profound insight into the general aspects and diversity ofdisciplines involved in forensic medicine. This book serves thepurpose of providing a comprehensive overview and, indeed anexcellent introduction to veterinary and comparative forensicmedicine." - Animal Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111010
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team, from theUnited Kingdom. John E Cooper trained as a veterinary surgeon andis now a specialist pathologist with particular interests inwildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparativemedicine. Margaret E Cooper is a lawyer who trained originally as aBritish solicitor and has made the study of animal and conservationlaw her special interest.

The Coopers have travelled widely and lectured together in manycountries. They have spent nearly ten years living in Africa,including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas.They are currently based at the University of the West Indies inTrinidad and Tobago where they continue to combine their medicaland legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinaryapproach to veterinary and biological education, wildlifeconservation and forensic science.

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Table of Contents



Authors’ Preface.

Part I: Introduction:.

1. What is forensic medicine?.

2. The special features of veterinary and comparative forensicmedicine.

3. The importance and application of animal law.

Part II: Particular Types of Case:.

4. Animal welfare.

5. Conservation and wildlife crime.

Part III: Methodology:.

6. Clinical work.

7. Post-mortem examinations.

8. Laboratory investigations.

9. Site visits and collection of evidence.

10. Collation and analysis of findings and record-keeping.

11. Storage, labelling and presentation of material.

12. Serving as a witness and appearing in court.

13. The future.

Appendix A. Submission and report forms – carcasses,tissues and laboratory samples.

Appendix B. Useful addresses and sources of information.

Appendix C. Glossary of terms.

Appendix D. Some case studies, demonstrating approach andtechniques.

Appendix E. Journals, societies and organisations.

Appendix F. Scientific names of species in text.

References and Further Reading.


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