Animal Forensics: Animal Crime Scene Processing
In recent years, laws pertaining to animal cruelty have evolved significantly. Actions that were previously considered non-offenses are now being prosecuted on misdemeanor and felony levels.
Because these convictions can carry significant sentences, juries expect to see the same level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that would be applied to crimes against humans.
This course is an introduction to animal crime scene investigations. The purpose of the course is to give participants an overview of procedures and protocols used when processing an animal crime scene and various types of associated evidence. The steps for processing of crime scenes are taught from a human forensics perspective as these are the same regardless of species, although animal-specific evidence and situations are emphasized.
This course is open to any professional involved in the investigation of crimes against animals, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal control officers, non-governmental animal welfare organizations, wildlife and conservation officials, and law enforcement officers.
Please note: The estimated time to complete this course is 15–20 hours, therefore the course will be open for 8 weeks. This course is the first in the three-part animal forensics series. Part 2 and 3 will also be delivered in 2020.
At the successful completion of this course, students will:
- Know how to approach a crime scene in a safe and cautious manner in order to minimize the loss or damage of evidence.
- Be able to properly document the scene through various methods, conduct a search of the scene, and properly collect and package evidence.
- Understand various processing and presumptive test methods that can be utilized at the scene and gain a basic understanding of the types of laboratory testing that may be available.
- Understand the types of evidence that can be expected on various types of animal scenes, additional documentation that may be necessary and case studies given as example of what forensic science can offer in the prosecution of animal offenses.
- Processing the Crime Scene
- Forensic Photography
- Forensic Entomology & Forensic Botany
- Genetic Methodologies (DNA)
- Blood, Serology, Ballistics
Flexible and affordable short online CPD
This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 20 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.
|Recent Grad / Part-time Member||$303|
|Non-member / eMember||$607|