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FIU launches new program in veterinary forensics

FIU launches new program in veterinary forensics

August 24, 2022 at 4:16pm

FIU is launching a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Forensic Science track in Veterinary Forensic Science starting Fall 2023. In partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the curriculum provides those working in animal services a comprehensive skillset to oversee animal cruelty cases.
The Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) will offer a 16-month online program, allowing professionals the flexibility to engage with subject matter experts from anywhere in the world.
“The PSM ties together the practical knowledge forensic veterinarians need with the business and public administration skills to effectively and efficiently identify and support cases of suspected animal cruelty and neglect,” said Max Houck, graduate program director at GFJC.  
Forensic veterinarians are tasked with responding to animal cruelty cases, providing examinations, evidence, and analysis to assist law enforcement. To date, the ASPCA’s veterinary forensic sciences team has assisted with more than 2,500 cases of suspected animal cruelty or neglect, impacting more than 10,000 animals across the country.
“The ASPCA strives to advance the application of veterinary medicine and forensic sciences in the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of cruelty to animals as part of our ongoing effort to expand capacities to protect animals from cruelty and neglect,” said Rachel Touroo, senior director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences at the ASPCA. “Our partnership with FIU will allow us to reach current and future animal welfare professionals who can support the field of veterinary forensic sciences, ultimately saving more animal lives and bringing their abusers to justice.”
Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural Fall 2023 cohort. Prospective students can learn more at the virtual open houses on Sep. 21, 2022 and Oct. 26, 2022 by registering