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ASPCA and University of Florida partner on Veterinary Forensic Science

Maples Center for Forensic Medicine University of Florida
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine University of Florida
Maples Center for Forensic Medicine University of Florida

The question is not, “Can they 
reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” 
but rather, “Can they suffer?” –
 Jeremy Bentham (1748 –1832) British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer.

Through financial support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and its partnership with the University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Sciences is available. This online master degree and graduate certificate targets professionals working in the forensic medicine and veterinary science fields. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Practicing veterinarians and veterinary technicians
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Criminal justice professionals
  • Individuals involved in shelter medicine operations
  • Animal control officers
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Forensic investigators

You can’t prosecute cruelty if you can’t prove it.

Having a hunch that something with a animal isn’t quite right is not enough. You must follow through with the proper authorities.

Recognize it. Animal abuse can range from hording to abandonment to direct violence on an animal.

Record it. Document details like date, time, and location of the alleged crime, as well as physical descriptions of all individuals (people and animals) involved. Take cell phone photos or video if it is safe to do so.

Report it. The appropriate authorities to contact will vary by area and could include the police or an animal welfare agency. The Michigan Humane Society investigates cruelty complaints in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. To report suspected animal cruelty in these cities, call their Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401.

In other cities contact your local animal control or police department which has the authority and responsibility to enforce our state's animal cruelty laws, and any local ordinances, in your area. Search for your local police department phone number.

“… a law is only as good as its enforcement, and that's why animals rely on you to protect them by reporting animal abuse.” The Humane Society of the United States