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         UK Reg No 12004791

Sweden

Veterinarians and others working at animal clinics are usually highly motivated to help but still hesitate to take action. They are unsure of what injuries to look for, how to interveen and what the effects will be for those at risk - people as well as pets. That is the purpose of our project - educating the staff at veterinary clinics and implementing a plan of action for the entire clinic (before, during and after a suspected case). It's true unfortunately that veterinarians are less inclined to report suspected animal abuse due to financial concerns. This is very much related to the manegement of each clinic and their attitude towards reporting suspected animal welfare or animal abuse in general. 

The veterinarians are not the only ones who might have to at least initially identify Non-Accidental-Injuries; animal welfare controllers and the police might also be those that first encounter a hurt animal or an animal at risk but they have already had at least some basic training in most parts of Sweden. To confirm the diagnosis though the animal would be brought in to an animal clinic in the area or sent to SVA which is the Swedish National Veterinary Institute. 

Animal welfare is controlled, investigated and (suspected) felonies generally handeled by the County Administrative Boards (there are 21 of them in Sweden). Animal abuse is a different kind of crime and is handeled/investigated by the police. Both are prosecuted by prosecutors in distric courts (at first instance). There are plenty of possibilities for police, animal welfare inspectors as well as veterinarians to use risk assessment - tools and some already do I've heard.

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