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 Free webinar makes case for veterinary forensics career

Posted May 31, 2017

Anyone interested in investigating a career in forensic veterinary medicine now has the chance to hear from one of the field’s top experts.

The AVMA Veterinary Career Center is hosting a free, one-hour webinar from noon to 1 p.m. CDT on July 11 featuring Dr. Melinda Merck, a forensic veterinarian and owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Merck assists investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation and examination of live and deceased victims, frequently testifying as a veterinary forensics expert. She helps with large-scale operations including exhumations of burial sites and examination of skeletal animal remains.

Dr. Merck is the founding chair of the board of directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She serves on the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Animal Cruelty Advisory Council. Dr. Merck developed the first veterinary forensics course for the University of Georgia and University of Florida veterinary colleges.

Although a forensic veterinarian may never have a typical day, attendees will learn about the inner workings of a career in veterinary forensics and the education, skills, and experience necessary to enter this field of veterinary practice.

Register for the webinar here. Viewers will earn one continuing education credit.