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VIN CE Course MULT218-0817: Advanced Topics in Veterinary Forensic Science
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format. Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Adam Stern DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, DACVP
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, Ph.D, DABVT, DABT
Diane Balkin, JD
Miranda D. Vieson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Jennifer A. Woolf, DVM

Course Open: August 2-September 23, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, and 13, 2017; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff actively interested and/or currently involved in the investigation of animal cruelty cases. Participation in prior veterinary forensics course is desired but not required. Selected library materials from the 2011 Veterinary Forensics online CE will be made available to registered participants to review prior to the start of this advanced course.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and veterinary support staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-30207)

Course Information:
The veterinary profession is being increasingly challenged to recognize, report and document animal abuse and cruelty as it is encountered in their practices, and to assist law enforcement in the prosecution of these cases. This advanced course builds upon the prior Veterinary Forensics course, focusing on more in-depth discussion of forensic and necropsy examination findings and interpretation including blunt- and sharp-force trauma, thermal injuries, projectile injuries, asphyxia, neglect, poisoning, and animal sexual abuse. Crime scene evaluation, evidence collection and handling, animal blood sports, legal issues and expert witness testimony will also be discussed.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 9, 2017): Crime Scene Investigation; Evidence Collection and Packaging
Presenters: Adam Stern and Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Format: Audio
Content: Stern - Introduction and Crime Scene; Gwaltney-Brant - Evidence Collection and Packaging
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 16, 2017): Forensic Examinations
Presenters: Miranda D. Vieson and Jennifer A. Woolf

Format: Audio
Content: Vieson - Forensic necropsy; Woolf - Forensic physical examination
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 23, 2017): Blunt Force and Thermal Injuries; Projectile and Sharp Force Injuries
Presenters: Adam Stern and Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Format: Audio
Content: Stern - Blunt Force and Thermal Injuries; Gwaltney-Brant - Projectile and Sharp Force Injuries
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 30, 2017): Asphyxia and Sexual Abuse; Blood Sports
Presenters: Adam Stern and Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Format: Audio
Content: Stern - Asphyxia and Sexual Abuse; Gwaltney-Brant - Blood Sports
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session September 6, 2017): Neglect; Toxicology/Poisoning
Presenters: Adam Stern and Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Format: Audio
Content: Stern - Neglect; Gwaltney-Brant - Toxicology/Poisoning
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 6 (Real Time Session September 13, 2017): Testimony and Legal Issues
Presenters: Diane Balkin

Format: Audio
Content: Balkin - Testimony and Legal Issues
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant received her DVM from the North Carolina State University and her PhD in veterinary pathology at Kansas State University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology. Formerly Vice President/Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Dr. Gwaltney-Brant currently works as a consultant in veterinary toxicology and veterinary forensic toxicology and pathology. She teaches an online Veterinary Forensic Toxicology course for the University of Florida's Veterinary Forensic Sciences online graduate program. She has been a toxicology consultant on VIN since 2000, and she also holds adjunct faculty status at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Miranda Vieson has recently started her academic career at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at University of Illinois as an assistant clinical professor in anatomic pathology. Her primary appointment focuses on diagnostic pathology with a smaller portion of her time committed to instruction of veterinary medicals students and collaborative research with clinicians and researchers on and off the university campus. She graduated with a DVM from The Ohio State University in 2011 and immediately began her dual pathology residency and doctorate research studies at Virginia Tech University. She passed the ACVP board certification examination in 2014 and received by Ph.D. in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences in 2016. Her doctoral research focused in a new potential medication for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus utilizing a murine model and during my pathology training she developed an interest in cardiovascular, neurological, and forensic pathology.

Jennifer Woolf received her DVM from University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and her MS in Veterinary Forensic Science in 2016. She currently working at University of Florida and Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting. She is also part of The American Society of the Prevention of Animal Cruelty.

Diane Balkin worked for 32 years in the Denver District Attorney's Office where she served as the "animal crimes" prosecutor who ensured effective investigations and aggressive prosecutions of animal cruelty cases within her jurisdiction. She has also been involved in prosecutions in crimes involving juveniles, domestic violence and the elderly. Since her retirement from the Denver District Attorney's Office, Diane works as a contract attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Diane received her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Denver and is a nationally ranked lecturer on animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions with a strong emphasis on training veterinarians. Diane is the current President of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association.

Total CE Credit:12

Tuition: Member $276 ($248 early bird special if enrolled by July 19, 2017)
Non-Member $413 ($372 early bird special if enrolled by July 19, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 19, 2017 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-30207) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 12 CE Credits, with a maximum of 12 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific and Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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