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VME 6575 – Veterinary Forensic Medicine

  • VME 6575 CREDITS: 3

    This course will introduce the student to the application of veterinary medicine to the forensic sciences. Course topics will focus on the interpretations of injury patterns, cause, manner and mechanism of death. Upon completion of this course, the student will have basic knowledge of the pathological documentation required for crimes involving animals, including recognition of abuse, crime scene investigation, and interacting with the legal community.


    Module Topic
    Week 1 Introduction to Veterinary Forensics
    Week 2 Animal Abuse, Cruelty and Neglect
    Week 3 Clinical Veterinary Forensic Exam and Report
    Week 4 Forensic Necropsy and Report
    Week 5 Postmortem Interval Methods
    Week 6 Neglect, Animal Hoarding and Puppy Mills
    Week 7 Animal Fighting
    Week 8 Non-Accidental Injury and False Cases of Animal Cruelty
    Week 9 Blunt Force Trauma
    Week 10 Sharp Force Trauma
    Week 11 Gunshot Wounds
    Week 12 Asphyxia, Drowning and Burns
    Week 13 Sexual Abuse
    Week 14 Malicious Poisoning
    Week 15 Expert Witness Testimony
    Week 16 Review
    Week 17 Final Exam

    Text (Required):

    Munro, R., and Munro, H. (2008). Animal Abuse and Unlawful Killing: Forensic Veterinary Pathology. London: Elsevier.

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