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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2008 Apr;24(1):21-36. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2007.11.009.

The California Postmortem Program: leading the way.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Medicine, J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA.


The California Postmortem Program studies disease surveillance, discovers new causes of death, and develops new diagnostic methods for disease detection. It also informs directions for research focused on elucidating the etiopathogenesis of, and risk factors for, catastrophic fractures and other causes of death. Because most fatal injuries seem to be the acute culmination of a more chronic process, intervention and prevention of injuries is possible with enhanced knowledge of the etiopathogenesis of injuries and risk factors for injuries. These advances also would facilitate development of management strategies for injury prevention.

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