Owner-Veterinary Forensics Consulting
Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She provides expert case consultations and testimony. Dr. Merck provides training for veterinary, attorney, and law enforcement professionals internationally on the use of veterinary forensics in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases and the link to crimes against humans. She is a contributing author of textbooks on the subject veterinary forensics and animal cruelty investigation
This lecture will cover key steps for the cruelty investigator when responding to an animal cruelty case. Topics include crime scene analysis, evidence recognition, forensic testing, blood stain pattern analysis, and the use of thermal imaging. The findings in the most common types of cruelty will be presented including supportive diagnostic testing available. Critical documentation […]
The case presentations will highlight crime scene and photograph analysis and demonstrate the benefits of working with the veterinarian. The integration of the veterinary and investigation findings in addition to animal behavior considerations will be discussed.