Veterinary Forensic Medicine
Course Number: VEM 5324
Semester Credit Hours: 1
Term: Offered Spring Semester
This course represents the collaborative efforts of the ASPCA Veterinary Forensics Service, the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program at UF, and the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.
The 1-hour credit for this course can be applied toward completion of the Maddie’s Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine
This course introduces students to the application of veterinary forensic sciences in crimes involving animals, including recognition of abuse, crime scene investigation, and interacting with the legal community.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to identify, collect and analyze evidence related to crimes involving animals. The student will be able to recognize signs of abuse, interpret causes of injury or death, and properly document all findings in an appropriate legal report. The student will understand how to work with investigators, prosecutors, and how to provide courtroom testimony. The student will have a greater appreciation of the different forensic science disciplines and how they can be applied to animal cases.
Director, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida
Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine