Veterinary Forensics: Investigation, Evidence Collection, and Expert Testimony will provide anyone involved in an investigation of an animal involved crime or civil action with the knowledge and tools that can give guidance for their actions in completing a forensic investigation.
All 50 U.S. states, and numerous countries around the world, have laws against animal abuse and cruelty. Law enforcement agents, veterinarians, the judiciary, attorneys and forensic scientists may be involved in cases of animal cruelty, neglect or human crimes that may have an animal element. Additionally, the animal can be the victim, suspect or in some instances the witness of a crime. Given that acquittal or conviction is dependent upon the nature and veracity of the evidence, the quality of the evidence in an animal-related crime investigation must be beyond reproach.
The book begins with a discussion of animal abuse and crimes against animals, crime scene investigation, and, from there, discusses various types of forensic examinations of the animal, culminating in a review of the judicial system and testimony in a court of law. All contributing authors are practicing professionals in law, veterinary medicine, and the private sector who provide current, best-practice evidence collection and forensic techniques. Chapters provide in-depth detail about the forensic clinical examination and forensic necropsy of small and large animal species, forensic radiology, forensic toxicology, bitemark analysis and animal behavior. Various, relevant forensic disciplines such as bloodstain pattern analysis, DNA analysis, animal sexual abuse, agroterrorism, animal hoarding, ritual crimes against animals, and animal fighting are discussed.
- Presents established and accepted police techniques in animal crime scene investigation including identification, documentation and packaging of physical evidence and scene photography and videography
- Includes essential techniques to collect and preserve biological and DNA evidence for animal DNA testing
- Review of the forensic clinical examination and forensic necropsy of small and large animals
- Provides methods of evidence presentation in the courtroom, the nature of court room testimony, and the development of an expert report
Veterinary Forensics: Investigation, Evidence Collection, and Expert Testimony fills the void of applied, real-world investigative techniques for the collection and presentation of veterinary forensic medical and scientific information. It will be a welcome reference to both the student and professional in the understanding all relevant evidentiary, investigative, and legal elements of the discipline.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to Animal Abuse and Associated Human Behaviors
2. Crime Scene Investigation
3. Videography: A New Tool in Animal Cruelty Investigations
4. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
5. Forensic Physical Examination of the Cat and Dog
[Jennifer Woolf and Julie Brinker]
6. Forensic Physical Examination of Large Animals
7. The Forensic Necropsy
[Adam W. Stern and Mee-Ja Sula]
8. Postmortem Changes and the Estimation of Time Since Death
[Jason W. Brooks]
9. Veterinary Forensic Radiology and Imaging
10. Bitemarks: Examination and Analysis
[Katherine E. Kling and Adam W. Stern]
11. DNA Evidence Collection and Analysis
[Kristen M. Webb]
12. Animal Behavior for the Forensics Specialist
[Elizabeth Stelow and Melissa Bain]
13. Veterinary Forensic Toxicology
14. Animal Sexual Abuse
[Adam W. Stern and Martha Smith-Blackmore]
16. The Judicial System
17. Expert Witness Testimony and Report Writing
[Ernest Rogers and Adam W. Stern]
Ernest R. Rogers spent six years with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Humane Police), in addition to his other work in the field. He currently runs his own forensic investigation company, Animal Forensic Investigations LLC and serves as an expert consultant.
Adam W. Stern, DVM is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Illinois. Dr. Stern received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the George Washington University (2003) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College (2007). He is a board certified veterinary pathologist (Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathology) and is a certified forensics consultant and certified medical investigator through the American College of Forensic Examiner Institute. Dr. Stern has expertise in veterinary forensic pathology and dermatopathology. Dr. Stern is the section head of both the forensics section (Midwest Center for Veterinary Forensics) and the pathology section in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Stern lectures both nationally and international about veterinary forensics. He has been involved in numerous forensic investigations of cases of animal cruelty and has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions.