Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine is a ground-breaking book in an emerging new speciality. It reflects the increasing demand for expert opinion by veterinarians and others in courts of law. A particular feature is practical advice, with protocols on dealing with common problems, together with case studies, various appendices and an extensive bibliography. A vital reference for members of the veterinary profession, lawyers, enforcement bodies and welfare and conservation organisations.
Table of Contents
Dedication. Foreword. Authors' Preface. Part I: Introduction:. 1. What is forensic medicine?. 2. The special features of veterinary and comparative forensic medicine. 3. The importance and application of animal law. Part II: Particular Types of Case:. 4. Animal welfare. 5. Conservation and wildlife crime. Part III: Methodology:. 6. Clinical work. 7. Post-mortem examinations. 8. Laboratory investigations. 9. Site visits and collection of evidence. 10. Collation and analysis of findings and record-keeping. 11. Storage, labelling and presentation of material. 12. Serving as a witness and appearing in court. 13. The future. Appendix A. Submission and report forms - carcasses, tissues and laboratory samples. Appendix B. Useful addresses and sources of information. Appendix C. Glossary of terms. Appendix D. Some case studies, demonstrating approach and techniques. Appendix E. Journals, societies and organisations. Appendix F. Scientific names of species in text. References and Further Reading. Index
John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team, from the United Kingdom. John E Cooper trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. Margaret E Cooper is a lawyer who trained originally as a British solicitor and has made the study of animal and conservation law her special interest. The Coopers have travelled widely and lectured together in many countries. They have spent nearly ten years living in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. They are currently based at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where they continue to combine their medical and legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation and forensic science.