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NCJ Number: NCJ 242045     Find in a Library
Title: Trends in Domestic Animal Medico-Legal Pathology Cases Submitted to a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory 1998–2010
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1231 to 1233
Author(s): Beverly J. McEwen, D.V.M., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Pathologists at veterinary diagnostic laboratories receive medico-legal cases from a variety of animal species for postmortem examination.
Abstract: Pathologists at veterinary diagnostic laboratories receive medico-legal cases from a variety of animal species for postmortem examination. A search of computerized records of the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada from 1998 to 2010 identified 1,706 medicolegal cases. These were categorized according to the history as criminal investigations, anesthetic-related deaths, insurance, litigation, malpractice cases, and regulatory cases. Statistically significant linear trends in the proportion of medicolegal cases for all animals and criminal cases for companion animals were identified over the 12 year period. Companion animals had significantly greater odds of being a medicolegal case in all categories except for insurance and regulatory cases, compared to noncompanion animals. Based on pathology reports for the 271 criminal cases, 43.1 percent were consistent with neglect, 29.2 percent were compatible with non-accidental injury, 4.80 percent were poisonings, 10.7 percent were deemed to be due to natural disease, and 11.43 percent were inconclusive. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Medicolegal considerations ; Medical malpractice ; Death investigations ; Forensic pathology ; Cruelty to animals ; Ontario
   
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