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Veterinary Forensic Medicine Workshop

January 10, 2015

Join Dr. Adam Stern in this one-day workshop exploring veterinary forensic medicine and the role of the forensic postmortem exam. In the morning lecture session, you’ll learn about the various types of forensic cases that you may encounter as a veterinarian. You’ll also review the equipment necessary to perform a forensic necropsy, review the proper forms and documentation, gain an understanding of forensic necropsy protocol and learn how to document lesions appropriately. Dr. Stern will present blunt force trauma, gunshot injury, and arson case studies to the group.

In the afternoon, you will perform a forensic postmortem examination on cadaver dogs. The dogs will present with mystery lesions simulating non-accidental injuries. Using the knowledge gained from the morning lectures, you will examine the dogs, describe internal and external findings, and present your case findings to the group.


  8:30 a.m. Course Check-In
Continental Breakfast
Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, Illinois
  9:00 a.m. Lecture:
Introduction to Veterinary Forensic Medicine

This lecture presents an overview of veterinary forensic medicine. Participants will learn and be able to describe the types of forensic cases they may encounter.
  10:00 a.m. Lecture:
Forensic Postmortem Examination With Case Examples
Topics to be discussed include a review of the equipment and forms needed to perform a forensic necropsy examination, review of a forensic necropsy protocol, discuss documentation of lesions including photography, and discuss ancillary testing used in forensic casework. Case examples will include blunt force trauma, gunshot injuries, and arson.
  Noon Lunch
  1:00 p.m. Wet Lab:
Perform Forensic Postmortem Examination

Postmortem examination will be performed on cadaver dogs. Dogs may have mystery lesions to simulate non-accidental injuries. The attendee will describe the internal and external findings on the dog. The attendee will then present the case findings to the group.
  5:00 p.m. Adjourn

About the Speaker
Dr. Adam Stern, DVM, DACVP, has been with the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory since 2010. He teaches both veterinary students and veterinary anatomic pathology residents about veterinary forensic medicine. Dr. Stern is a Certified Medical Investigator with the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Certified Forensic Consultant with the American College of Forensic Examiners, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Registration is open to veterinarians. The registration fee covers the cost of continental breakfasts, lunches, handout materials, and laboratory expenses. Payment must be enclosed to guarantee registration. The prices listed below are per person. The early registration deadline is Sunday, January 4, 2015.

  On or Before Early Reg. After Early Reg.
  $200 $250

Course fees are payable by check or money order to the University of Illinois or by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express and are due at the time of registration. Early registration is recommended.

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds, less a 10 percent cancellation fee, will be given if written notification is received by the applicable early registration deadline. Written cancellation should be sent to ope@vetmed.illinois.edu or to the same mailing address to which registrations are sent. Registrations are transferable. After the applicable early registration deadline, refunds will not be made. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, all registrants will receive a full refund. The University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

Continuing Education
Veterinarians can obtain 7 CEUs for attendance. Participants will receive continuing education verification at the end of the session.

Each session will be held at the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, which is located at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, Ill.

Session materials will be available on the day of the session at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is located at 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana IL. Enter through the main entrance.

Parking is available in lot F27, directly in front of the Basic Sciences Building.

Hotel Accommodations
Course attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The following hotels are near the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Comfort Suites - 217-328-3500
Hawthorn Suites - 217-398-3400
Hilton Garden Inn - 217-352-9970
Homewood Suites - 217-352-9960
Hyatt Place - 217-531-2800

Additional accommodations in Champaign County can be found by visiting the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Questions and Special Accommodations
Contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or ope@vetmed.illinois.edu.