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(p. 332) Practice and Ethics in Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations 

(p. 332) Practice and Ethics in Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations
(p. 332) Practice and Ethics in Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations

Terry Kukor

, Daniel Davis

, and Kenneth Weiss

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date: 12 April 2021

Forensic mental health professionals who perform forensic animal maltreatment evaluations in the future will face certain practice demands that will be, if not unique, at least different in some respects from performing evaluations in other areas of criminal or civil forensic practice. Competent and ethical professional practice requires ways to access new knowledge in the field, find other professionals in the same field who can stimulate thinking and fine-tune practical skills, and develop relations with courts, attorneys, animal protection agencies, veterinary experts in animal welfare, shelter medicine and forensic investigation, and animal behavior specialists, as well as offenders. Certain ethics guidelines for forensic practice will have somewhat different applications in this area of forensic assessment. This chapter begins to build a framework for practicing competently and ethically when performing forensic animal maltreatment evaluations.

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