Veterinary Forensic Medicine

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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.

Course OverviewRescued Cats

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.

Course Objectives

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.

Course Coordinator

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD

Dr. Cynda Crawford

Director, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida
Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine