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
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