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Animal Forensics:Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence TimeOnline

Animal Forensics:Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence TimeOnline

A link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence has long been established. Vets may be the first to suspect violence within a family unit when presented with an animal with signs indicative of intentional harm. Recognising predictors and knowing what to do with this information can be vital to ensuring the safety of others in the household.

This course will explore the relationship between human violence and animal maltreatment, its history, its presence in the legal system, society and the family. The course will explore resources available and how veterinary professionals can work within their community to facilitate a more effective response to cruelty and violence.

Past Participant:

'The Animal Cruelty & Interpersonal Violence course was very well structured. Quizzes were very useful for checking what we have learned.'
Dr Gergana Balieva, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Trakia University, Bulgaria

Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Develop fundamental knowledge of the relationship between animal abuse and interpersonal violence such as child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence
  • Identify behaviors indicative or predictive of animal abuse and how to respond when those behaviors are observed
  • Describe how an abuser may use animal abuse as a means of control in a relationship
  • Identify and explore local resources for human and nonhuman victims of domestic violence.


  1. Animal cruelty and the law
  2. Animal abuse and domestic violence
  3. Zoophilia and bestiality/animal sexual abuse
  4. Child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse
  5. Animal hoarding
  6. Family violence and the role of the veterinary professional

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 1147-39206 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, 28 September 2020 to
Sunday, 22 November 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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