The International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA) was created by a majority vote from individuals attending the First Annual Veterinary Forensic Sciences Conference hosted by the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, University of Florida, in May 2008. The purpose of the IVFSA is to:

1). Promote the health, welfare, and safety of animals through the fostering of current, new, and novel techniques of forensic science and crime scene processing to circumstances of animal abuse, neglect, cruelty, fighting, and death.

2). Apply forensic science techniques to legal investigations involving animals as the victim of criminal offenses and civil disputes.

3). Educate the animal welfare community, law enforcement, crime scene analysts, forensic scientists, veterinarians, attorneys, judges, and pathologists on the application of forensic science techniques and crime scene processing methods to cases of animal abuse, neglect, cruelty, fighting, and death.

4). Inform the law enforcement and legal community of the various scientific disciplines that can be utilized for the interpretation of collected physical evidence related to any crime scene where an animal’s presence or absence is relevant.

5). Advance and foster excellence in the veterinary forensic sciences.

For more information, visit IVFSA.

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