Veterinary Forensic Sciences Students Receive ASPCA Scholarhship Grant

Published: September 28th, 2013

Category: News


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Congratulations to our Fall 2013 scholarship recipients!

Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, four outstanding students will have the opportunity to gain the forensic expertise necessary to help solve cases involving animal cruelty and to better ensure justice for animals and people.

Meet the Recipients

Dr. Elizabeth Farrington





Dr. Elizabeth Farrington graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Her interest in population medicine led her to pursue a career in shelter medicine at the Nebraska Humane Society. Working at NHS exposed her to a variety of animal neglect and cruelty cases, sparking her interest to learn more about the veterinary forensic sciences. She intends to use her knowledge to improve existing protocols and help educate the NHS Field Department in proper crime scene processing. As NHS often serves as a resource to other law enforcement agencies in the state, Dr. Farrington anticipates the agency’s improvements to protecting animal welfare to be far-reaching.






Dr. Andrew Silverstone


Dr. Andrew Silverstone attributes his interest in animal welfare to the activities of his mother, who founded the Tuscarawas County (Ohio) Humane Society in the early 1970s.  Due to his experience with his mother’s efforts in animal welfare, even as a child he was aware of the difficulties faced when making positive changes in animal welfare.  While a veterinary student, Dr. Silverstone took the opportunity for special training in treating cancer at the University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University, as well as zoo animal medicine at the San Francisco Zoo.  As a Post Doctoral Fellow, he was part of a team that studied and developed a cure for an inherited form of cancer (canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency) in dogs.  This laboratory was first at the NIH to adopt research dogs to the public after being cured of their inherited disease.  He is a past Research Fellow of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Veteran of the United States Army Reserve, Veterinary Corps. 

Since 2003, Dr. Silverstone has been the Medical Director for the Animal Care Clinic of Holland Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He teaches at Tidewater Community College, and is the current President of the Tidewater Veterinary Academy.