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Non-Accidental Injury Cases in Vet Practice

Diagnosing and managing suspected non-accidental injury in veterinary practice

One of the greatest diagnostic and communication challenges in veterinary practice is identifying and tackling suspected non-accidental injury. Conclusive research now shows that animals with abuse injuries do present to private practice. However, most veterinary graduates received little or no formal training on how to work through these tough cases.

This presentation will give you the tools you need to:

  • Know which clinical, historical, behavioural, and pathologic features are warning signs for non-accidental injury
  • Know how to safely and sensitively perform a consultation when you suspect abuse
  • Learn how to get your practice prepared to respond well to abuse cases
  • Know where to go for help when you think you have a case of abuse
  • Know your legal, professional, and ethical obligations
  • Learn about the links between violent behaviours toward animals and humans, what that can mean for you in the clinic, and what to do if you are also worried about human welfare

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Recognise the clinical, pathological, behavioural, and historical features that should raise your index of suspicion of non-accidental injury
  • Learn how you and your practice can safely and sensitively approach suspected non-accidental injury cases.
  • Understand your legal, professional, and ethical responsibilities in suspected non-accidental injury 


Thursday 20 April - Friday 5 May 2017
Delivered Online



Lydia Tong graduated from vet school at the University of Cambridge in 2009. She worked in small animal practice in London for 18 months before giving into her passion for pathology. In 2011, she undertook a residency in anatomical pathology at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by a stint as a diagnostic pathologist in government biosecurity in Sydney.  Since 2015 she has worked full-time as the in-house zoo and wildlife pathologist at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Lydia has a special interest in forensic pathology. She published the first original research differentiating accidental from non-accidental injury in the veterinary literature. She has taught veterinary forensics to students at the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney Veterinary schools, and has provided forensic pathology services to several organisations including RSPCA NSW, the NSW Coroner, NSW Police, WWF Indonesia, and Greyhound Racing NSW. She is Vice-President of Lucy’s Project, an Australia-wide organisation that works to support research, awareness, and services addressing the issue of animal abuse and its links to human violence. In 2016 she was awarded the 'Inaugural RSPCA Australia Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award for her work in the field of veterinary forensics and pathology. She dabbles as a part-time small animal and wildlife clinician.

Course Fees

Member TypePodcastPlus
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

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