Module 3: The Case of the Embedded Collar

Step 6: Evidence Collection

Evidence is used to establish the facts of a crime. Evidence is commonly overlooked or lost because the veterinarian is not aware of its value or does not collect and store it properly.

Evidence includes:

  • Physical exam findings
  • Pain assessment
  • Forensic photographs of lesions. This includes photos taken before and after treatment.
  • Diagnostic test results. This includes before and after treatment.
  • Radiographs
  • Any materials found on the animal during the initial exam (collars, chains, paint, metal shavings, etc)
  • Response to treatments over time. For example, does the animal’s body weight and BCS improve with proper nutrition? Does anemia resolve with parasite treatment?  Do infected wounds heal with antibiotic treatment?


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