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Identifying non-accidental injury cases in veterinary practice


Cases of non-accidental injury in veterinary patients remain underreported, with correct identification of such injuries presenting a significant diagnostic challenge. However, the veterinary profession has the potential to improve on the identification of animal abuse injury, and to contribute to the holistic management of the public health issue of violence within families. This article discusses the extent of the problem and reviews how veterinarians can identify and respond to such cases, and the possible links to family violence.

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