Animal cruelty is a crime in all fifty states, yet continues to be a widespread issue across the country.
With demonstrated links to domestic violence and child abuse, animal maltreatment involves more than the welfare of the animal victim.
This online veterinary continuing education course will empower you to contribute to the fight against animal cruelty and make a positive impact for both the animals and people in your community.
This course will prepare you to join a community of veterinarians and other professionals who are making a real difference in their communities through this impactful work.
OSU College of Veterinary Medicine students and faculty/staff are eligible for a full discount through February 1. Please contact your advising office or PACE for more details.
This comprehensive and engaging program was created by a veterinarian, an animal cruelty investigator, and a lawyer with combined decades of experience in humane law enforcement and veterinary forensics. It offers a unique opportunity for veterinary professionals to gain the skills and confidence to address animal-related crimes.
By bridging the gap between veterinary medicine and forensic science, you will be better equipped to serve as an advocate for animal welfare and the pursuit of justice in cases of animal cruelty by deepening your understanding of and engagement in recognizing, reporting, and responding to animal abuse and neglect.
The course is ideal for those seeking to expand their role as advocates for animal welfare, enhance their knowledge and skill in the emerging field of veterinary forensics, and is designed for:
The knowledge of what to do, what to document, what to report, and why allows you to go forward and confidently pursue justice on behalf of mistreated animals.
This course provides formal academic training with interactive exercises and an emphasis on the practical application of learning objectives.
After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Every aspect of the course illustrates how very important veterinary collaboration is in this realm.
"This course contributed significantly to my knowledge about Animal Cruelty Investigations - specifically the existence and role of organizations to help aid in the fight against animal abuse and neglect. In addition, I learned how to enhance my physical exam when suspicious of animal cruelty - such as recognizing bruise patterns. This program did a good job of reiterating that we, as veterinarians, are not responsible for the outcome of an investigation. I believe this is often a big reason for hesitation to report among some colleagues. I have already seen this course work in real-time and reported suspicion of animal neglect to law enforcement not too long after completing the course." -Dr. Lena Cordell, Emergency Veterinarian
Whether you are a professional within the veterinary industry, law enforcement, animal welfare organizations, social work, or criminal justice system, becoming involved in combating animal cruelty is a powerful way for you to extend your impact beyond your office walls.
By understanding the veterinary industry’s role in reporting suspected animal cruelty and by providing veterinary forensic services in support of law enforcement investigations, you become an advocate for compassion and empathy in your community.
Your expertise is crucial in identifying evidence of cruelty, providing education about the humane treatment of all animals, and ensuring that justice is served. Collaborating with law enforcement not only strengthens your professional network, but also brings a sense of fulfillment and purpose to your career.
Your involvement can make a tangible difference in the lives of animals, shaping a brighter future for them and your community.