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.