This important lecture will discuss suspicious indicators of animal cruelty and key steps for the veterinary team. Determination of non-accidental injury (cruelty) vs. accidental injury will be presented. Discussion will include considerations and actions regarding reporting suspected abuse including key aspects of history taking. Development of a practice standard operating procedure to handle potential cases including managing risk within the hospital setting will be presented. The lecture will include video examples of veterinarian-client communication and interaction in commonly encountered scenarios. The zone of owner discretion and how it can serve as a guide for reporting will be discussed. Documentation is the cornerstone of legal cases, there are additional rules and considerations for admissibility in court. Evidence collection and forensic testing will be presented. RACE approved for 1.5 CE hours.
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