Animal abuse and neglect affects all of us. As veterinary professionals, we see animals in distress every day and we do our best to relieve them of their suffering. But how do we determine when that distress should prompt us to report a case of suspect animal abuse or neglect? What if you are called to attend an animal welfare investigation with an animal protection agency - do you feel prepared to attend? Finally, how can the records you prepare help to strengthen an investigation that goes to court, or even avoid the need for you to testify in court? These questions and more will be addressed through the Veterinary Forensics course.
This course will include the following topics:
- How to identify animals in distress
- How to report a suspect case of abuse or neglect
- How to properly document a history and physical exam
- Understanding chain of custody for evidence
- The process for acting as an expert witness
- The human side of abuse and neglect