Rachel Touroo, DVM

Dr. Rachel TourooDirector, Veterinary Forensics
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty

Dr. Rachel Touroo joined the ASPCA in March 2012 as the director of its Veterinary Forensics program. In this role, Dr. Touroo assists with crime scene investigations in animal cruelty cases throughout the United States, including the examination of live and deceased victims and providing expertise and training to law enforcement and animal care and control agencies.

In addition, Dr. Touroo plays an integral role in the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Florida, helping to develop research in applications of forensic science to veterinary medicine. The program is the nation’s first such curriculum within an educational institution. It promotes the application of forensic sciences to veterinary medicine to aid in the understanding, prevention and prosecution of animal cruelty. It is dedicated to meeting the veterinary forensic science needs of individuals and agencies worldwide, including education, research and applied casework.

Prior to joining the ASPCA, Dr. Touroo worked as the Staff Veterinarian for Animal Care with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Richmond, Va. During her time there she provided training, resources and assistance to law enforcement throughout the state in handling animal cruelty investigations. She also provided expert witness testimony in animal cruelty cases and authored various guidance documents for animal control officers.


  • DVM, Michigan State University
  • BS, Animal Science, Michigan State University