© 2018

Veterinary Forensic Pathology, Volume 1

  • Jason W. Brooks
  • Introduces the reader to animal forensics and teaches the fundamentals of forensic autopsy

  • Provides practical advice for performing animal crime investigations

  • Illustrated with numerous high-quality color photographs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rachel Touroo, Jason W. Brooks, Randall Lockwood, Robert Reisman
    Pages 1-8
  3. Rebecca Kagan, Jason W. Brooks
    Pages 27-42
  4. Jason W. Brooks, Lerah Sutton
    Pages 43-63
  5. Robert Reisman
    Pages 65-94
  6. Martha Smith-Blackmore, Nicholas Robinson
    Pages 95-106
  7. N. Bradley-Siemens, A. I. Brower, R. Kagan
    Pages 107-127
  8. Beverly J. McEwen
    Pages 129-148
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 149-155

About this book


This richly illustrated two-volume book offers a comprehensive and essential reference guide for veterinary pathologists and clinical veterinarians interested in performing animal necropsies for forensic casework. It presents a broad range of animal crime cases, with particular focus on the post mortem examination and the observed pathology. 

This first volume introduces readers to veterinary forensics and the role of the veterinary pathologist in animal crime investigations. It guides them through the process of evidence collection and documentation, and covers the fundamentals of forensic necropsy and the estimation of time since death. In-depth descriptions of how to conduct the forensic evaluation of various traumatic injuries, firearm injuries, and asphyxia are also provided. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jason W. Brooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary and Biomedical SciencesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

About the editors

Jason W. Brooks, VMD, PhD, DACVP, is a veterinary pathologist from the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State University.  As a pioneer in the field of veterinary forensic pathology, he has forged a path toward advancement of the discipline by seeking out advanced training in forensic pathology and crime scene analysis from medical and law enforcement professionals.  He routinely assists law enforcement with animal crimes investigations and strives to develop instructional materials and programs for veterinary pathologists and the law enforcement community.  He conducts research on the estimation of the postmortem interval and the pathology of gunshot wounds and teaches graduate and undergraduate students in pathology and forensic sciences.

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“This book is well written and full of up-to-date information that would be useful to anyone performing forensic necropsy examinations. The documentation of lesions in forensic investigations is of utmost importance and this book will serve as a valuable reference. The images are of good quality … . I recommend this book for the library of anyone involved in veterinary forensic investigations.” (Adam W. Stern, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2018)