Animal Forensics: Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence - TimeOnline
A link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence has long been established. Vets may be the first to suspect violence within a family unit when presented with an animal with signs indicative of intentional harm. Recognising predictors and knowing what to do with this information can be vital to ensuring the safety of others in the household.
This course will explore the relationship between human violence and animal maltreatment, its history, its presence in the legal system, society and the family. The course will explore resources available and how veterinary professionals can work within their community to facilitate a more effective response to cruelty and violence.
'The Animal Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence course was very well structured. Quizzes were very useful for checking what we have learned.'
Dr Gergana Balieva, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Trakia University, Bulgaria
By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Develop fundamental knowledge of the relationship between animal abuse and interpersonal violence such as child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence
- Identify behaviors indicative or predictive of animal abuse and how to respond when those behaviors are observed
- Describe how an abuser may use animal abuse as a means of control in a relationship
- Identify and explore local resources for human and nonhuman victims of domestic violence.
- Animal cruelty and the law
- Animal abuse and domestic violence
- Zoophilia and bestiality/animal sexual abuse
- Child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse
- Animal hoarding
- Family violence and the role of the veterinary professional
What is a TimeOnline?
Flexible and accessible online CPD
TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.
Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.
Who should enrol?
This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.
Veterinary nurses/technicians with a special interest in the topic are also welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.
RACE Approved - 20 CE hours
This program 1147-39206 was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 20 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call CVE +61 2 9351 7979 for further questions.
Jason Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. He was twice elected President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and is a Past-President of the North American Forensic Entomology Association. He is the first person to be elected President of both professional North American Forensic Entomology Associations. He served for over a decade as a faculty member of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. Outside of academia Jason serves within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV. He also serves as the Logistics Chief for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. Currently he serves as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has published numerous scientific articles on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Jason has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and Internationally. Jason specialises in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behaviour of insects that have forensic importance, and he has over 15 years experience in the collection and analysis of entomological evidence. Jason Byrd is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves as the Director of Education for the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Florida.
Susan Underkoffler, MFS, holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Scientific Illustration from Arcadia University and a Master of Forensic Science degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. She has developed an animal forensic science track at Drexel University College of Medicine, offered as part of their graduate forensics program. She spent many years as Forensics Manager for the Pennsylvania SPCA, where she developed the first Forensics Unit and handled all forensic responsibilities associated with humane law enforcement animal cruelty cases including crime scene documentation, evidence collection and processing, animal forensic exams, necropsies and courtroom preparation, along with assuming veterinary technician responsibilities and management of a court case animal fostering program. She developed and participates in community advocacy initiatives including the establishment of a Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force. She also previously worked as an analyst and researcher in the toxicology and criminalistics departments at NMS Laboratories and Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology and was an environmental scientist performing wetland delineations, Phase I site assessments, and wildlife monitoring in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. Susan has traveled nationally as a professional consultant and educator for animal cruelty investigations. She has conducted international research in several African countries, including primate behaviour and habitat conservation in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, and elephant tracking, censusing and behaviour monitoring in Namibia, Africa. She also studied elephant social behaviour at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has published scientific articles and biological and scientific illustrations in numerous publications. Susan is active in many professional organizations including the Society for Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior Society, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Association of Women in Forensic Science, American Academy of Forensic Science, and the International Association for Identification, and she has served on the Board of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She also serves on the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Animal Response Teams.