Veterinary Surgeon as an Expert Witness - A 2-Day Case-Based Course

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About the course

Whilst Welfare, Ethics and Law is considered to be a specialist field in its own right, many veterinary clinicians are inadvertently dragged into legal situations as a result of their day to day work. 

Some veterinarians really enjoy these challenges and irrespective of their level of involvement would agree that there is an exponential learning curve in respect of best forensic practice and the development of courtroom skills. 

This course will prepare and forearm colleagues in all veterinary disciplines, to help avoid embarrassing situations and to provide forensic services to the high level which is required by the courts.  To carry out this role efficiently, a reasonable understanding of the relevant legislation is essential.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lectures and case presentations: 

  • The role of the veterinary surgeon as an expert witness
  • RCVS advice regarding expert witnesses
  • Instructions, advertising your services, terms of business
  • Relevant Legislation
  • Preparation of an investigative visit
  • Evidence collection, handling, contemporaneous notes
  • Statement preparation

Frank and honest topical clinical discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. 

Day 1 will conclude with a course dinner, which will give attendees the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.
The second day will involve case assessments, using real historic case material.  Attendees are encouraged to bring material with which they have been involved.  Cases and statements will be discussed, criticised and improved, weakness in data collection, tracking and management will be discussed. Courtroom procedure will be explained followed by a courtroom skills practical session where roll play will be conducted by all delegates.

The course fee includes lunches on site, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs £30 (not included in the course fee, drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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