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Veterinary Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences

1st Edition

Edited by Jason H. Byrd, Patricia Norris, NANCY BRADLEY

CRC Press

512 pages | 316 Color Illus.

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Description

While there are several recent books on this emerging filed, Veterinary Forensic Sciences and Medicine sets the bar covering all relevant aspects in a succinct, easy-to-read, comprehensive format intended to be taught in a single semester course. Intended to be the premier textbook on Veterinary Forensic Sciences, the book covers the application of veterinary forensic medicine to cases—including both the medical perspective—as well as the law enforcement response, crime scene management, and evidence recovery issues.

Coverage includes the scientific and legal principles for veterinary forensic evidence. This is to clearly delineate it from veterinary-only practices, since the forensic aspects present additional challenges that include evidence recovery and preservation, report writing, and maintaining evidentiary chain of custody all the way through expert witness testimony. Such emerging topics that are covered include DNA and genetic evidence, entomological evidence in support of veterinary forensics, animal fighting, situational deaths including poisonings, domestic violence and cruelty, sharp and blunt force trauma, gunshots and wound ballistics, sexual assault, non-human odontology and osteology, and more.

This text offers a straight-forward presentation of the current practices and includes several real-world case examples throughout to illustrate concepts. Fully illustrated with over 280 full-color images, Veterinary Forensic Sciences and Medicine provides the latest in advances and up-to-date field techniques, applicable for student instruction in the classroom, and beyond.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Animal Crime Scene Investigation

Chapter 2. Humane Law Enforcement: From Initial Report to Final Appeal

Chapter 3. Animal Genetic Evidence and DNA Analysis

Chapter 4. Forensic Entomology

Chapter 5. Animal Bitemarks: Evidence and Application

Chapter 6. Animal Sexual Assault

Chapter 7. Blunt Force Trauma

Chapter 8. Sharp Force Trauma.

Chapter 9. Gunshot Wounds and Wound Ballistics

Chapter 10. Non-Human Forensic Osteology.

Chapter 11. Environmental and Situational Deaths (Chemical, Thermal, Drownings)

Chapter 12. The Forensic Application of Animal Behavior Analysis

Chapter 13. Animal Fighting

Chapter 14. Animal Poisonings

Chapter 15. Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

About the Editors

Dr. Jason H. Byrd, PhD, D-ABFE, is a board-certified forensic entomologist and diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He is the current vice president of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the current president of the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He is the first person to be elected president of both professional North American forensic entomology associations. Dr. Byrd is a bureau chief with the Florida Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and he serves as the associate director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He is also a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. Outside of academics Dr. Byrd serves as an administrative officer within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the logistics chief for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. Currently he serves as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in entomology and forensic science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Byrd specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behavior of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 15 years’ experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Dr. Byrd is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Patricia Norris is director of the Veterinary Division Animal Welfare Section of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in North Carolina. The Animal Welfare Section licenses public and private animal shelters, boarding kennels and pet shops and oversees the state’s Spay and Neuter Fund. She was previously the staff veterinarian for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the only position of its kind in the country. She provided veterinary forensic services for their cases of animal cruelty and animal crime, and was commonly asked to assist other law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico. She has served as veterinarian for the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board since its inception in 2007 and was a member of the DASO Mounted Patrol Horseback Search and Rescue team. Dr. Norris earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and has a graduate certificate in veterinary forensic science from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Norris was in private veterinary practice for 25 years in Virginia, North Carolina and New Mexico. She served as veterinarian at the Duke University Primate Center to provide care for their colony of endangered lemurs. She also served as veterinarian for the Pitt County Board of Health and on the County Animal Response Teams for Pitt and Madison counties.

Dr. Nancy Bradley has been a veterinarian for 24 years. She started out in private practice and eventually ended up in emergency medicine. The majority of her career has been in shelter medicine working for both animal control agency and a nonprofit humane society. Nancy was the Chief veterinarian at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control for 2 years and the Chief Veterinarian and eventually the Medical Director for the Arizona Humane Society. During her years in Shelter medicine Nancy has been heavily involved in the investigation and expert witness testimony in animal abuse cases. She served as a reserve police officer for over 12 years, three of those years as a detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit in the Phoenix area. She was an adjunct assistant clinical professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine for two years. This last year she has been a full time Assistant Clinical professor of Shelter Medicine at MWU, teaching in multiple classes but primarily 3rd year electives in shelter medicine and veterinary forensics and 4th year shelter medicine rotations. She has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and is finishing a second Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics. Her next major goal is to become Boarded in Shelter Medicine.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
MED089020
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal