Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations

Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations

by Melinda D. Merck
     
 

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Veterinary Forensics, Second Edition is a practical reference on applying veterinary forensic findings in animal cruelty cases. Now providing a greater focus on findings in animals, the second edition continues to offer guidance with more detailed information on crime scene investigation, forensic testing and findings, handling evidence, and testifying in

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Veterinary Forensics, Second Edition is a practical reference on applying veterinary forensic findings in animal cruelty cases. Now providing a greater focus on findings in animals, the second edition continues to offer guidance with more detailed information on crime scene investigation, forensic testing and findings, handling evidence, and testifying in court. Key changes to the new edition include new chapters on abuse in large animals, poultry, and birds; a standalone chapter on entomology; a new section on large scale cruelty investigation; an expanded section on pain and suffering; more pathology information; and more photos, forms, and information throughout.

Logs and workbooks from the book are available on a companion website, allowing readers to download, customize, and use these forms in forensics investigations. Veterinary Forensics is an essential resource for veterinarians, pathologists, attorneys, and investigators working on animal abuse cases.

Key features

  • Provides detailed, clear direction on managing animal abuse cases, from crime scene investigation and forensic testing to compiling evidence and testifying in court
  • Concentrates more fully on findings in cases of animal abuse and offers more pathology information throughout
  • Offers new chapters on abuse in horses and other large animals, abuse in poultry and pet birds, and testifying and reporting as an expert witness
  • Provides updated and expanded information in each chapter, including current research findings
  • Includes access to a companion website with forms and checklists to download and use in forensics investigations at www.wiley.com/go/vetforensics

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Adam W Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent reference that should be in the library of anyone in the field of veterinary forensic medicine. It is much improved from the 2007 edition, with all the images in color as well as some new images.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a practical reference book in this field, and the knowledge this book shares is of major value to all members of the forensic investigation team.
Audience: Those involved in veterinary forensics, including veterinarians, toxicologists, entomologists, and all other members of the forensic investigation team are the intended audience. The 11 contributors represent an increase over the last edition and include attorneys and veterinarians.
Features: Among the topics the book covers are the legal system, blunt force trauma, neglect, sexual abuse, and forensic entomology. New sections include large animal abuse and large-scale cruelty investigations. This edition also includes expanded discussions of pathology in a number of chapters. The chapter on firearm injuries is a nice overview of the subject, with extremely thorough discussions of the different types of guns and ammunition, the determination of range and trajectory, and how to collect appropriate evidence in such cases.
Assessment: This book is well written and easy to understand, and a major improvement over the previous edition. The information is accurate, with appropriate references to current literature. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the field of veterinary forensic medicine.
From the Publisher
"...Covers [a] wide-ranging field, drawing together information that will provie useful to professionals from varied specialties - animal welfare officials, shelter staff, clinical veterinarians, veteirnary pathologists, and forensics experts.  After reading this forensics text, I find myself fascinated...." - Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 

"This is a book that should be in every clinic.  I am sure that most... readers will have had an animal presented where abuse was suspected.  This book will be very useful in those cases."  - Veterinary Information Network

"From crime scene investigation and forensic testing to compiling evidence that will hold up in court, Veterinary Forensics offers a resource essential for animal cruelty investigators." - Midwest Book Review

“Dr. Melinda Merck is well-qualified to produce such a text. The author has included 27 appendices with useful examples of various logs, worksheets, and record and report forms. The book also includes a detailed index. Veterinary Forensics fulfills its intended purpose to serve as a practical reference and resource guide.” - JAALAS

“Help[s] fill the void in the forensic veterinary medical literature. Nobody could argue with Dr. Merck's enthusiasm and zeal to make us aware of an important topic that we would prefer to ignore, but should not." - Veterinary Pathology

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470961629
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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“Help[s] fill the void in the forensic veterinary medical literature. The appendices contain useful cat and dog diagrams. The index is nice and complete.”
Veterinary Pathology

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