Animal Crime Scenes

Understanding the process for the proper documentation, collection, and recovery of physical evidence from buried animal remains is an essential skill for those engaged in the application of the forensic sciences to veterinary medicine.  This intensive three-day workshop will address the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the proper processing of buried animal remains associated with a legal investigation.

This intensive three-day workshop will focus on the initial scene search, establishment of a grid for scene reference and measurement, excavation techniques, and evidence documentation.  Mornings are spent in lectures where students will receive instruction on human vs. non-human bone identification, forensic botany, forensic entomology, basic crime scene processing, and scientific and legal principles of evidence.  Afternoons are spent in the field where students will search for and locate clandestine gravesites, process the scene for surface evidence, and begin a two-day excavation of a burial site.