Courses of Study 2022-2023 
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Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VTMED 6752 - Veterinary Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Spring. 1 credit. Letter grades only.

Permission of instructor required.

S. McDonough.

The public care deeply about animal welfare and demand that perpetrators of animal cruelty be held accountable. New York Education Law Section 6714 now requires veterinarians report suspected animal abuse to authorities. Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to recognize potential animal cruelty and may be the only witness able to report suspected animal cruelty   Additionally, animal cruelty is but one facet of interpersonal violence.  Although forensic medicine and pathology rely on the same basic principles and methods used for conventional veterinary medical investigations, the analytical framework and purpose differ significantly; if the investigation does not meet the needs of the court, the effort is wasted. This course is intended to provide students with the theoretical framework and practical information needed to conduct animal cruelty investigations.

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