Animal Crime Scene Workshop


2022 dates will be scheduled soon.

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University of Florida, Austin Cary Forest Conference Center
10625 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL 32609


Understanding the process for the proper documentation, collection, and recovery of physical evidence from buried animal remains is an essential skill for those engaged in the application of the forensic sciences to veterinary medicine. This intensive three-day workshop will address the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the proper processing of buried animal remains associated with a legal investigation.

This intensive three-day workshop will focus on the initial scene search, establishment of a grid for scene reference and measurement, excavation techniques, and evidence documentation. Mornings are spent in lectures where students will receive instruction on human vs. non-human bone identification, forensic botany, forensic entomology, basic crime scene processing, and scientific and legal principles of evidence. Afternoons are spent in the field where students will search for and locate clandestine gravesites, process the scene for surface evidence, and begin a two-day excavation of a burial site.

$375 (USD)—Includes tuition, student materials, and lunch each day
$50 late fee assessed after 2/26/2021

Adam W. Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, Diplomate ACVP.  Associate Professor of Forensic Pathology
Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D, D-ABFE. Associate Director, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Lerah Sutton, Ph.D.  Assistant Director, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine


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Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. Lodging is the responsibility of each attendee. A special rate of $89 per night has been arranged for course attendees. Reservation rates will be honored throughout the course dates. Please refer to UF Forensic Training when making reservations, and ask for the UF rate. For reservations, call (352) 331-3336 (local). Reservations depend on availability—the sooner you can book, the better!

To register, visit our registration page.