The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is sponsoring a veterinary forensics training related to the recognition and prosecution of crimes against animals, highlighting the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.
The multi-discipline training, “Crime Scene to Courtroom,” is open to the public with preference given to Northern Virginia animal welfare professionals, including veterinarians, law enforcement personnel and attorneys.
The two-day training will be led by leading forensic veterinarian Melinda Merck and Botetourt County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gillian Deegan. Topics include:
- Recognizing and reporting animal cruelty
- The link between animal abuse and domestic violence
- Evidence collection and packaging
- Veterinary forensic science and medicine
- Case Preparation: court testimony and mock trial exercises
The training is scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at 16600 Courage Court in Leesburg. The cost is $60. Registration is scheduled to close Sept. 16.
For more information or to register, visit www.loudoun.gov/animals or call Deputy Chief Erin Peterson at 703-777-0406, extension 1894.