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9 April 2019 Agreement between Repeated Subjective Visual Evaluations of Body Condition of St. Lawrence Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Carcasses Using a Visual Analog Scale
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The determination of body condition is a fundamental component of an evaluation during postmortem examinations of cetaceans. Three veterinarians experienced in beluga postmortem techniques subjectively evaluated 62 carcasses of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in duplicate, using a visual analog scale. The result of evaluation and scoring was repeatable in cachectic animals and animals in very good condition but did not capture the continuum of body condition determinations between the obvious visual conditions.

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Sylvain Larrat, Ariane Santamaria-Bouvier, and Stéphane Lair "Agreement between Repeated Subjective Visual Evaluations of Body Condition of St. Lawrence Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Carcasses Using a Visual Analog Scale," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 55(2), 518-521, (9 April 2019). https://doi.org/10.7589/2018-04-105
Received: 21 April 2018; Accepted: 21 August 2018; Published: 9 April 2019
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