Veterinary Forensics and DNA. Swindon (UK) 23 May 2014
David Bailey and Laura Walton from Staffordshire University team up again to provide delegates with an overview of the application of DNA to the field of Veterinary Forensics. The course is for Veterinarians only and can be taken as a one day course or as part of the whole package of lectures and online learning leading toward a post graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensics and Law.
This module aims to introduce veterinary scientists to the analytical techniques available in relation to animal DNA evidence. The forensic value of DNA analysis, as well as potential limitations with this type of evidence, will be discussed.
Participants will be introduced to the individual processes involved in animal DNA analysis, from the types of samples available for testing and the methods of sample collection, through to the interpretation of the results. The applications of DNA analysis in veterinary practice will be outlined, including sex determination, species identification, individual identification and parentage verification.
Additional techniques such as disease susceptibility testing, trait testing and marker assisted ion will also be discussed. Protocols on sample collection, chain of custody, and the role of the veterinary scientist within animal DNA investigations and potential areas of involvement will be introduced. Examples of different wildlife crime cases will be included.
Key learning objectives:
- Understand the tools available for analyzing DNA evidence in relation to wildlife crimes and animal-based investigations.
- Gain an awareness of the benefits and limitations of this type of analysis, and its purpose in both wildlife crime as well as the wider context of veterinary applications.