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Forensic veterinary pathology, today's situation and perspectives
  1. T. Ottinger, DVM1,
  2. B. Rasmusson, MD2,
  3. C. H. A. Segerstad, DVM, PhD1,
  4. M. Merck, DVM3,
  5. F. V. D. Goot, MD, PhD4,
  6. L. Olsén, PhD5 and
  7. D. Gavier-Widén, DVM, PhD1,5
  1. 1Department of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases, National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala SE-751 89, Sweden
  2. 2The Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science (SKL), Linköping SE-581 94, Sweden
  3. 3Veterinary Forensics Consulting, Marietta, GA 30066, USA
  4. 4Symbiant Pathology Expert Centre, Wilhelminalaan 12, Alkmaar 1815JD, The Netherlands
  5. 5Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Box 7028, Uppsala SE-750 07, Sweden
  1. E-mail for correspondence: therese.ottinger{at}


To investigate the current status of forensic veterinary pathology, a survey was composed directed at pathology laboratories and institutes, mostly in Europe. The questions included number of and type of cases, resources available, level of special training of the investigating pathologists and the general view on the current status and future of the discipline. The surveys were sent to 134 laboratories and were returned by 72 respondents of which 93 per cent work on forensic pathology cases. The results indicate scarcity of training opportunities and special education, and insufficient veterinary-specific reference data and information on forensic analyses. More cooperation with human forensic pathology was desired by many respondents, as was more interaction across country borders.

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