Helping the law work for animals

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

Forensics refers to applying scientific knowledge to the investigation of crime, often for purposes of the law. A veterinary forensics pathologist analyzes physical evidence and contributes information for legal cases involving animal abuse, neglect, cruelty, fighting and death.

In partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the ASPCA, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a Master of Science degree program in veterinary forensic sciences beginning in May 2014. The partnership between the ASPCA and UF promises unique access to state-of-the-art technology and methods used for forensics analysis and investigation.

This program is the first of its kind to be offered within an educational institution. It’s a significant milestone in the rapidly growing field of veterinary forensics.