Animal Forensic DNA Testing
Genetic analysis in animal crimes
In recognition of the growing need for DNA analysis in cases of animal cruelty, poaching, theft, and illegal take of wildlife, the University of Florida College Of Medicine’s W.R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine now offers genetic analysis to Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies on items of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes. The Maples Center for Forensic Medicine currently employs a DNA analyst specifically for animal casework for both companion animals and wildlife.
In August of 2013, AnnMarie Clark was hired by the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine to develop genetic capability in the area of forensic biology to assist law enforcement agencies with animal related crimes. With a large domestic and international need, and comparatively few laboratories able to do the work, the Maples Center DNA lab works a wide array of cases, and the number of agencies turning to the laboratory for assistance is constantly increasing.