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Euthanasia: techniques

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Contributor(s):

Daisy Norgate

Alex Dugdale

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Introduction

  • Bovine euthanasia is practiced 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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Confirmation of death

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

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

Other sources of information

  • Animal Welfare Committee of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (online) Practical Euthanasia of Cattle. AABP, USA. Website: www.aabp.org (pdf download).

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