Investigate a career in forensic veterinary medicine

Published on May 22, 2017

Veterinary Careers Explore Your OptionsWhen a case of animal abuse is uncovered, one of the experts called to assist may be a forensic veterinarian. Specializing in animal crime investigations, forensic veterinarians collaborate with law enforcement and legal agencies in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of animal abuse perpetrators. If you are passionate about protecting animals from cruelty and neglect, you may want to learn more about a career in this field.

Join the AVMA Veterinary Career Center on Tuesday, July 11 for a free, one-hour webinar to explore the world of veterinary forensics.

Dr. Melinda Merck, nationally renowned forensic veterinarian and owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas, will discuss what her work entails, as well as the requirements for finding a job in veterinary forensics, during the live webinar Forensic Veterinary Medicine: Animal Crime Investigation at noon Central time on July 11.

Learn about Dr. Merck’s broad range of work, including crime scene investigations, the exhumation of burial sites, examination of live and deceased victims, and her experience testifying as a veterinary forensics expert. You’ll learn about:

  • The day-to-day work of a forensic veterinarian (spoiler alert: it’s not “typical”)
  • How forensic veterinarians assist in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases
  • The education, skills, and experience needed to enter the field of veterinary forensics
  • Career opportunities in veterinary forensics

Attendees of the live webinar will be eligible to receive 1 hour of continuing education (CE) credit. The webinar will be recorded for on-demand viewing by registrants who are unable to attend on July 11, but CE credit is only available for live attendees.

Dr. Merck is a preeminent authority in the field of veterinary forensics. She developed the first veterinary forensics courses for the University of Georgia and University of Florida veterinary schools, and is an editor and contributing author of several academic textbooks. She is the founding chair of the board of directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, and a member of both the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Animal Cruelty Advisory Council.

Learn more and register to attend Forensic Veterinary Medicine: Animal Crime Investigation, sponsored by the AVMA Veterinary Career Center.