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Animal Forensics: Non-accidental Injury TimeOnline

Animal Forensics: Non-accidental Injury TimeOnline

The sad reality is that many animals suffer from acts of intentional cruelty. For those in the veterinary profession who find themselves at the frontline, evaluating these cases and making assessments on the nature of injuries is essential for evidence collation and prosecution.

This animal forensics course will serve as an introduction to non-accidental injury investigation and documentation. The purpose of the course is to give the student an overview of typical signs and symptoms of injuries sustained deliberately, either through abuse or neglect.

Past Participant:

'I have been able to apply so much of what I have learnt to every day consultations. My clients are loving it and I love being able to help the animals.'
Carla Goldman, McGraths Hill Veterinary Centre

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand non-accidental injuries sustained through purposeful or intentional manners or actions
  • Be able to recognise indications of specific types of injuries and their physical manifestations
  • Be able to describe the proper techniques of documentation once the symptoms are recognised
  • Be able to develop interview techniques and animal owner interaction.


  1. Blunt and sharp force trauma
  2. Hoarding − Burning / thermal injury
  3. Neglect / starvation
  4. Projectile injury
  5. Asphyxia and drowning
  6. Poisoning
  7. Animal fighting, ritualistic abuse and sexual assault
  8. Live animal examination and necropsy.

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.

Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Veterinary nurses/technicians with a special interest in the topic are also welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

RACE Approved - 20 CE hours

This program 1147-39205 was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 20 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call CVE +61 2 9351 7979 for further questions.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Part-time Professional Member  $303
Nurse Member $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Monday, 06 July 2020 to
Sunday, 30 August 2020
20 RACE Approved CE / CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr Jason H. Byrd
Jason Byrd
Susan C. Underkoffler
Susan Underkoffler
Dr Jason H. Byrd
Jason Byrd
Jason Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he inst...
Susan C. Underkoffler
Susan Underkoffler
Susan Underkoffler, MFS, holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Scientific Illustration from Arcadia University and a Master of Forensic Science degree from Drexel Unive...


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