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VME 6053 Skeletal Trauma Analysis in Animals

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    This course provides an introduction to skeletal trauma in non-human remains. In the course of this class, we will cover blunt force, sharp force, projectile, and fighting trauma including the mechanisms of injury. Also covered will be skeletal evidence of other types of abuse including starvation, infection, or neglect. Skeletal pathology will be addressed. Taphonomy will also be discussed particularly in reference to distinguishing postmortem damage from antemortem or perimortem trauma. Learning objectives will be accomplished through a combination of lecture material, readings, online active discussions and case analyses, and a final case analysis presentation.

    The textbook chosen focuses on human trauma analysis, this was done because not only are the concepts presented applicable to the documentation and interpretation of trauma in forensic veterinary cases, but there is no skeletal-based veterinary trauma analysis books available that cover a variety of topics, many are species or topic specific. In addition to the textbook a several supplementary veterinary based journal articles will be made available to the students for reading and discussion that will help students compare and contrast human and non-human trauma analysis, a selection of these articles are listed below.


    Module Topic
    Module 1 Definition of trauma and general mechanisms
    Module 2 Healing and intervention
    Module 3 Infection and health
    Module 4 Pathology
    Module 5 Blunt force
    Module 6 Sharp force
    Module 7 Projectile/Gunshot wound
    Module 8 Fighting
    Module 9 Other trauma or abuse
    Module 10 Neglect/ Starvation/ Caging
    Module 11 Taphonomy
    Module 12 Case presentations


    Passalacque and Rainwater (eds) 2015, Skeletal Trauma Analysis: Case Studies in Context. Wiley-Blackwell

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