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New Class: Forensic Necropsy and Report Workshop
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When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary
Monroe, Washington 
United States
Contact: 360) 793-9393

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New Class: Forensic Necropsy and Report Workshop



This is a rare and unique opportunity to work closely with Dr. Merck in this 16 person class.


Pasado’s Safe Haven is proud to host Dr. Melinda Merck for the second time!

We are offering an 8 hour class on forensic necropsy and report writing. The class will involve both a lecture and a hands-on necropsy wet lab. This 8 hour class will be offered on two different days:

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Sunday, May 28th, 2017

  • Time: The class will take place from 8am – 4pm with lunch provided.
  • Cost: If you register before March 31st:  $250.00 
                If you register after March 31st:     $280.00
  • Place: Pasado’s Safe Haven Sanctuary in Monroe, Washington. Directions will be sent to you.
  • Credits: This workshop is approved by the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors for 8 Continuing Education credit hours for veterinarians.

The forensic report is not the medical record. It is a legal document in which the veterinarian provides all information from the examination including assessment of injuries and suffering. Discussion of format, analysis and conclusions will be presented.

This lecture will discuss in great detail the development of the Forensic Report for cruelty cases including legal issues and common mistakes made by the veterinarian. Attendees will learn how to prepare for court and any type of testimony including depositions and trials.


Discussion on how to perform a forensic necropsy including tips and techniques for processing a legal case. Documentation and working with a pathologist will be discussed.

This lab will teach attendees how to conduct a forensic necropsy on suspected cruelty cases. There are certain protocols to be followed and decisions to be made on how to approach the necropsy based on the unique aspects of each case. Identification and collection of physical, biological, and trace evidence will be covered. There are certain weapon characteristics than can be determined by careful examination of the injuries. Attendees will learn how to classify injuries, identify characteristics, and determine what type of weapon was used.


Dr. Melinda Merck is America’s top forensic veterinarian. She has received numerous awards including outstanding investigation, ASPCA Grand Prize Winner of the Pet Protector Award, the Golden Paw Award and the Veterinary Clinic of the Year 2003.

Dr. Merck is the author of Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A guide for Veterinary and Law Enforcement Professionals, First and Second Editions. She has worked as the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences for the ASPCA, she has taught at University of Florida, The American Humane Association, and is a consultant on cruelty cases throughout the United States.

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