Law & order: veterinarians in court

A forensic veterinarian shares what to expect when giving legal testimony

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The average general practitioner will end up in court sometime in their life. Many times, it is a traffic violation, or a civil action related to a property dispute. It is less common for a veterinarian to be called into criminal court to review or testify in a criminal action. Another reason for a court appearance is a civil action involving the veterinarian either directly or tangentially (malpractice is an example).

Veterinarians may also be called to testify in a deposition under the obligation of affirming to be truthful and honest. Though not in the presence of a judge, a deposition is carried out at a private office with a recording stenographer and the statements made in the deposition may also...


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