By Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM Dip Forensic Medicine DipECVP MRCVS, Helen M. C. Munro BVMS MRCVS
This publication courses veterinarians and attorneys in the course of the different and complicated fields of alleged cruelty to, and illegal killing of, spouse animals, farm cattle and flora and fauna. It attracts jointly present wisdom on easy methods to strategy, examine and record forensic circumstances.
- Covers all points of the forensic autopsy together with reason and time of death
- Features the basics of abuse and neglect
- Allows fast entry to descriptions of other forms of accidents and provides crucial assistance on their interpretation
- Backed via useful typical operative approaches from global specialists to make sure right case management
- High caliber, particularly chosen photos, a transparent writing type and concise presentation informs and encourages the reader in the direction of soundly-based conclusions
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Animal Abuse and Unlawful Killing: Forensic veterinary pathology by Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM Dip Forensic Medicine DipECVP MRCVS, Helen M. C. Munro BVMS MRCVS