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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Surgical Instruments
Credit: USFWS.

Surgical Instruments

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Laboratory Section: Pathology
What’s the Story? Laboratory pathologists determine the cause of death for animal carcasses submitted as evidence. For example, in an investigation of a dead wolf, it is essential to know if the animal was shot or hit by a car. Surgical instruments are important tools of the trade for pathologists.

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