While there are several recent books on this emerging field, Veterinary Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences sets the bar, covering all relevant aspects in a succinct, easy-to-read, comprehensive format designed 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 the medical perspective as well as law enforcement response, crime scene management, and evidence recovery issues.

Coverage includes the scientific and legal principles for veterinary forensic evidence. This clearly delineates it from veterinary-only practices, since the forensic aspects present additional challenges that include evidence recovery and preservation, report writing, and maintaining an evidentiary chain of custody, all the way through expert witness testimony. Some 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, gunshot and wound ballistics, sexual assault, nonhuman odontology and osteology, and more. 


  • Details a process for forensic science case management for humane law enforcement agencies
  • Presents multiple chapters on specific types of trauma analysis in animals
  • Provides developments on current trends in forensic entomology as applied to wildlife crime and minimum postmortem interval determinations
  • Explores national and international considerations in combating organized animal fighting
  • Offers DNA applications for wildlife crime and environmental monitoring
  • Outlines current animal and environmental forensic toxicology legal casework

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

chapter 1|19 pages

Crime Scene Investigation

ByPatricia Norris

chapter 2|13 pages

General Principles of Veterinary Forensic Sciences and Medicine

ByNancy Bradley-Siemens

chapter 3|22 pages

Humane Law Enforcement

From Initial Report to Final Appeal
BySusan Underkoffler, Scott Sylvia

chapter 4|10 pages

Animal Genetic Evidence and DNA Analysis

ByAnnMarie Clark

chapter 5|45 pages

Forensic Entomology

ByJason H. Byrd, Adrienne Brundage

chapter 6|15 pages

Animal Sexual Abuse

ByMartha Smith-Blackmore, Nancy Bradley-Siemens

chapter 7|15 pages

Blunt Force Trauma

ByPatricia Norris

chapter 8|11 pages

Sharp Force Trauma

ByAdriana de Siqueira, Patricia Norris

chapter 9|22 pages

Gunshot Wounds and Wound Ballistics

ByNancy Bradley-Siemens

chapter 10|20 pages

The Forensic Necropsy

ByJason W. Brooks

chapter 11|26 pages

Forensic Veterinary Osteology

ByMaranda Kles, Lerah Sutton

chapter 13|31 pages

Animal Fighting and Hoarding

ByNancy Bradley-Siemens, Barbara Sheppard

chapter 14|16 pages

Veterinary Forensic Toxicology

BySharon Gwaltney-Brant

chapter Chapter 15|6 pages

Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

ByMartha Smith-Blackmore

chapter 16|21 pages

Animal Neglect and Abuse

ByPatricia Norris

chapter 17|62 pages

Processing Forensic Cases Involving Agricultural Animal Species

ByAnn Cavender

chapter 18|21 pages

Veterinary Forensic Radiology and Imaging

ByElizabeth Watson

chapter 19|22 pages

Legal Investigations in Shelter Medicine

ByMary Manspeaker

chapter 20|26 pages

Animal Law

ByMichelle Welch