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An exacting science: the veterinary surgeon as expert witness
  1. Neil Forbes

    Neil Forbes qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983. He gained RCVS specialist status in 1992, fellowship of the Royal College by examination in 1996, and became a diplomate of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery in 1997. His forensic veterinary work involves predominantly avian, wildlife and companion animal cases, and he has lectured and published on various aspects of forensic work. He is the veterinary representative on the Medicine Panel of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) and is lead veterinary assessor for the CRFP.


THIS article discusses the role of the expert witness in the wider context of the fast-developing and challenging field of forensic veterinary medicine. Neil Forbes, who has been involved in this field for many years, gives a flavour of what is currently expected and required of the forensic practitioner and discusses moves that are afoot to assure the quality of forensic veterinary work through the establishment of a register of forensic experts.

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