Wildlife forensics

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Veterinarians are accustomed to doing necropsies as a general, run-of-the-mill activity during routine practice, and they are often involved in cases that may end up in court.

Routine necropsies, however, are almost without exception conducted within the constraints of time, and are usually skimpy, incomplete, and done without the necessary history and provision of demographic data. More often than not the specimens submitted for further laboratory investigation are inadequate and inappropriate, and without relationship to the likely differential diagnoses.

In general, not enough attention is given to the prerequisites of collecting information and specimens, recording data, and formulating reports that satisfy the needs of the law.

Wildlife forensics