Veterinary Forensics in the Field

Veterinary medicine plays a crucial role in responses to large-scale animal cruelty cases and natural disasters. Join us in a discussion of veterinary field medicine as it relates to emergency sheltering and forensics. We'll discuss:

  • Veterinary Forensics: evidence collection, medical exams and documentation, necropsies, and field components
  • Emergency Shelter Medicine: strategies for diagnosis, disease prevention, and treatment
  • Resource Management: how to prepare veterinarians and vet techs for work in the field; how to find the right people and keep them engaged

Veterinarians, vet techs, shelter professionals, law enforcement, and emergency management professionals interested in learning more about veterinary field medicine will especially benefit from this free, 90-minute webinar recording converted into an online course.

Approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Animal control officers in Texas may apply these courses toward animal control officer continuing education requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.


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Dr. Rhonda Windham, MVB, Director, Veterinary Field Forensics

Dr. Rhonda Windham is the Forensic Veterinarian for the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team, and assists with animal cruelty investigations. She works closely with the FIR Investigations and Blood Sports divisions on criminal cases. Recently, she expanded and developed medical treatment protocols to support ASPCA-established emergency shelters for large-scale animal cruelty cases. She has worked with outside agencies and responders to support shelter veterinary medicine and provide rescued animals with essential care.

Previously, Dr. Windham worked as one of two forensic veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where she collaborated exclusively with ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department, processing live and deceased animals for criminal investigations and providing expert testimony on the behalf of animals in court. Dr. Windham is a member of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University and a veterinary degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin.