ASPCA, University of Florida offer master’s in veterinary forensics

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine have announced a new online program that will give students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Forensic Sciences from the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The two-year program will include courses that focus on pathology, osteology, animal law, and the intersection of farm animal welfare and the forensic sciences. The program begins in May.

Forensics investigator“This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are looking to pursue careers in veterinary forensic science,” said forensic entomologist Jason Byrd, PhD, associate director of the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. “The partnership between the University of Florida and the ASPCA has resulted in unparalleled access to the latest developments in this burgeoning field, including new technologies and improved methods of analysis and investigation.”

“We’re seeing a stronger emphasis placed on forensics when it comes to the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases, so these skills are becoming increasingly important for veterinarians, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals,” said Randall Lockwood, PhD, ASPCA senior vice president of forensic sciences and anticruelty projects. “We’re excited to be working with the University of Florida to offer this graduate-level education program, and continue to foster the application of forensic sciences to veterinary medicine.”

The ASPCA and the University of Florida began a partnership in 2009 to meet the veterinary forensic science needs of individuals and agencies worldwide, including education, research, and applied casework.

Information about the master’s degree in veterinary forensics is available at

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