Horses, livestock, and other animals are frequently at the center of litigation. Whether involving an injury, damages related to abuse or neglect, or feed contamination issues, many of these disputes require analysis and opinion conducted by forensic experts qualified in animal science.

HORSE SAFETY/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Horses are predictable, and the understanding of the horse in terms of behavioral tendencies, safety issues, and the horse’s ability to learn are critical. Effects of stressors on the behavioral response of animals are investigated as well. Whether the setting is a horse show, lesson barn, or individual’s facility, our experts examine these issues and render opinions based on scientific principles, educational training, and experience.

FEED FORMULATION

Feed companies are charged with the formulation and development of feed products for many species and classifications of animals. Specific issues that are investigated by our experts include feed contamination, quality assurance, seasonal variation in feed production, and potential feed recalls. Valuation of animals is included in some cases.

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

The welfare of the animal is vitally important in order to maximize efficiency for their intended purpose, be it production or enjoyment. Our experts investigate cases involving potential abuse or neglect of animals, including nutritional abuse as well as training abuse. Investigations also involve health issues, effect of body condition on performance, and adherence to specific animal welfare guidelines as established by animal associations.

BIOSECURITY

Maintaining and transporting animals, with emphasis on minimizing the occurrence of disease transfer is an important consideration. Investigations include animal transport requirements, farm contaminants and threats, food supply implications, and zoonotic concerns.

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