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Practical veterinary forensics.

Book cover for Practical veterinary forensics.


The book serves as a reference for the reader to appreciate the current workload of a forensic vet and to provide an insight into the scale and complexity of the specialism that is veterinary forensics. Topics discussed are: introduction to veterinary forensics; forensic philosophy; law and animals; forensic science and applications to One Health; evidence collection and gathering about the living...


Chapter 8 (Page no: 118)

Blood and blood pattern analysis.

Crime scene blood pattern analysis is an observational tool. Blood pattern analysis means to examine, inspect and record the shape, location and distribution patterns of bloodstains. The underlying premise upon which all bloodstain analysis depends is that all patterns, shape, location and distribution of bloodstains are characteristic of the forces that created them. Blood samples will always vary in appearance, but the forces that create them are always the same. The blood leaves a telltale pattern of the forces that created it and this is captured by a camera, a sketch or a video recording. This chapter highlights the principle and application of blood pattern analysis in a crime scene investigation.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction - What is veterinary forensics? Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) Forensic philosophy. Author(s): Harrison, K. Bailey, D.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 24) Law and animals. Author(s): Rook, D. Swan, P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 35) Forensic science and applications to One Health. Author(s): Reeve-Johnson, L. Bailey, D.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 50) Evidence collection and gathering: the living evidence. Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 62) Forensic examination of animal hair. Author(s): Gwinnett, C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 81) Firearms and ballistics. Author(s): Bolton-King, R. Schulze, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 134) Understanding the nature of document evidence. Author(s): Kalantzis, N.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 146) Forensic toxicology. Author(s): Rogers, E.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 159) Bitemark analysis. Author(s): Bailey, D. Hamilton-Ible, J. Leicester, L. MacLeod, L. Wharton, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 175) Report writing. Author(s): Bailey, D.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) The human-animal interaction. Author(s): Swan, P.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Forensic and Crime Science, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780642949
  • Record Number
  • 20163206700