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Arch Hellen Med, 37(6), November-December 2020, 810-820


Large animal models in forensic medicine and pathology:
Recent research and its impact on the evolution of veterinary forensic pathology

D. Doukas,1 D. Tontis,1 M. Stefanidou,2 C. Spiliopoulou2
1Laboratory of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Karditsa,
2Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Modern forensic research studies using large animal models are presented and classified by subject, into (a) corpse decomposition and post mortem interval; (b) forensic entomology; (c) forensic toxicology; (d) blunt-force trauma; (e) sharp-force trauma; (f) ballistics; (g) drowning and bodies recovered from water; (h) the effects of electrical discharge devices, and (i) modern imaging techniques applied to the corpse. These research studies have a positive impact on the rapidly evolving scientific field of the veterinary forensic pathology of animal abuse. The value of comparative forensic pathology is highlighted in accordance with the One Health approach.

Key words: Comparative forensic pathology, Forensic medicine and pathology, Large animal models, Research, Veterinary forensic pathology.

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