Animal Forensics CPD Bundle | Centre for Veterinary Education

Animal Forensics CPD Bundle

Veterinarians and forensic specialists play a central role in the investigation and prosecution of animal abuse and neglect.

SAVE 20% when you enrol in all 3 Animal Forensic TimeOnline Courses.

In partnership with the University of Florida, the CVE is proud to offer three TimeOnline courses in veterinary forensic sciences to provide you with a thorough understanding of the roots of animal abuse and neglect and the connection of such crimes to interpersonal and societal violence.

The Veterinary Forensic courses will prepare you for real-world situations in veterinary forensic medicine by faculty members who have years of experience in the field working with law enforcement and animal protection organisations. You will learn how to process animal crimes scenes, handle and interpret evidence, and recognize animal abuse, along with other skills that are vital to obtaining justice for abused animals.

The courses are designed for professionals who work in forensic medicine and veterinary science, including, but not limited to:

  • Practising veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians
  • Individuals involved in shelter medicine operations
  • Animal care and control officers
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Protective service professionals
  • Forensic investigators

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Animal Forensics: Crime Scene Processing | 16 March - 10 May

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.


  • Processing the Crime Scene 
  • Evidence
  • Forensic Photography 
  • Forensic Entomology & Forensic Botany 
  • Genetic Methodologies (DNA)
  • Blood, Serology, Ballistics

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Animal Forensics: Non-accidental Injury | 6 July - 30 August

This course will serve as an introduction to non-accidental injury investigation and documentation.

The purpose of the course is to give the student an overview of typical signs and symptoms of injuries sustained deliberately, either through abuse or neglect.


  1. Blunt and Sharp Force Trauma
  2. Hoarding
  3. Burning / Thermal Injury
  4. Neglect / Starvation
  5. Projectile Injury
  6. Asphyxia and Drowning
  7. Poisoning
  8. Animal Fighting, Ritualistic Abuse and Sexual Assault
  9. Live Animal Examination and Necropsy

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Animal Forensics: Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence | 28 September - 22 November

This course will explore the relationship between human violence and animal maltreatment, its history, its presence in the legal system, society and the family.

The course will explore resources available and how veterinary professionals can work within their community to facilitate a more effective response to cruelty and violence.


  • Animal Cruelty and the Law
  • Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Zoophilia and Bestiality/Animal Sexual Abuse
  • Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Animal Abuse
  • Animal Hoarding
  • Family Violence and the Role of the Veterinary Professional

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RACE approved for 60 CE hours

These Animal Forensics TimeOnline programs were reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 20 hours of continuing education per course. 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.

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and affordable short online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course. 


Monday 16 March - Sunday 22 November 2020
Delivered Online



Susan Underkoffler, MFS, holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Scientific Illustration from Arcadia University and a Master of Forensic Science degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. She has developed an animal forensic science track at Drexel University College of Medicine, offered as part of their graduate forensics program. She spent many years as Forensics Manager for the Pennsylvania SPCA, where she developed the first Forensics Unit and handled all forensic responsibilities associated with humane law enforcement animal cruelty cases including crime scene documentation, evidence collection and processing, animal forensic exams, necropsies and courtroom preparation, along with assuming veterinary technician responsibilities and management of a court case animal fostering program. She developed and participates in community advocacy initiatives including the establishment of a Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force. She also previously worked as an analyst and researcher in the toxicology and criminalistics departments at NMS Laboratories and Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology and was an environmental scientist performing wetland delineations, Phase I site assessments, and wildlife monitoring in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Susan has traveled nationally as a professional consultant and educator for animal cruelty investigations. She has conducted international research in several African countries, including primate behaviour and habitat conservation in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, and elephant tracking, censusing and behaviour monitoring in Namibia, Africa. She also studied elephant social behaviour at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has published scientific articles and biological and scientific illustrations in numerous publications. Susan is active in many professional organizations including the Society for Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior Society, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Association of Women in Forensic Science, American Academy of Forensic Science, and the International Association for Identification, and she has served on the Board of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She also serves on the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Animal Response Teams.



Jason Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He was twice elected President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and is a Past-President of the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He is the first person to be elected President of both professional North American Forensic Entomology Associations. He served for over a decade as a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine.

Outside of academia Jason serves within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the Logistics Chief for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. Currently he serves as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Jason has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and Internationally. Jason specialises in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behaviour of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 15 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Jason Byrd is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves as the Director of Education for the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Florida.



Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$727
Student Member$365
Non-member / eMember$1457
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members