Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Euthanasia: techniques

Contributor(s): Daisy Norgate , Alex Dugdale

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Introduction

  • Bovine euthanasia is practised commonly by both veterinarians and other trained personnel. 
    • Euthanasia refers to the practice of killing an animal, which will then be disposed of.  
    • Slaughter is the term used when discussing animals that will be killed for human consumption Slaughtering an animal for human consumption.
  • This article will focus on: euthanasia by firearm and by lethal injection.
  • The choice of method is dictated by restraint facilities, practitioner preference, disposal route of the cadaver, post-mortem diagnostic requirements and anesthetic concerns.

Preparation

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Lethal injection

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Firearms

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Free-bullet weapons

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Confirmation of death

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Cockcroft P D (2015) Euthanasia of cattle. In: Bovine Medicine. Wiley Blackwell. Oxford, UK. pp 263 – 267.

Other sources of information

  • AABP. Practical Euthanasia of Cattle. [online] Available at: www.aabp.org/. Last accessed 03/01/18.


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