Forensic Veterinary Pathology

Veterinary Pathology is a specialist discipline within the veterinary field, as it is in human medicine, requiring additional qualifications (FRCPath, DipECVP or DipACVP).  Our team, in partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, has 5 qualified veterinary pathologists.

Our forensic veterinary pathology cases all involve an expert in our team with both veterinary pathology and forensic medical science qualifications, one of only a handful of veterinary pathologists in the UK with these qualifications.

The University of Surrey has state of the art pathology facilities in their dedicated £11m Veterinary Pathology Centre, capable of receiving animals of all sizes and also including high containment facilities for sensitive trace evidence collection, or examining animals with diseases which could be harmful to the national stock or human health. Our reports meet the requirements of the UKCJS, include peer review and quality checks, and we strive to ensure that they are relevant, straightforwardly written and delivered in line with your timescales.

Forensic veterinary pathology can significantly impact an investigation.  Our team can assist your investigation, including but not limited to questions such as cause of death, estimation of time of death, diagnosis of underlying disease, wound examination, comparative pathology in cases involving humans and animals, case review, and collection of samples and trace evidence for other forensic disciplines (e.g. entomology, ballistics, forensic biology, environmental forensics, forensic chemistry and marks, toxicology).

Our forensic veterinary pathology service is unique as it works closely with our other forensic teams to provide a holistic approach to cases, as is performed in the human forensic field.  We are happy to discuss your case with you to identify the forensic evidence and intelligence which might be obtained, but also explaining the potential limitations on a case by case basis.

Our forensic veterinary pathology services include:

  • Forensic veterinary post-mortem examination (necropsy)
  • Second examination and case review
  • Wound examination, causation and body mapping
  • Ante-mortem (live animal) wound examination
  • Forensic toxicology and pharmacology
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging
  • Histopathology, microbiology and parasitology