Dr Melinda D Merck
Location: Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC
Dr. Melinda Merck is a forensic veterinarian consulting on cases involving animals. She assists investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation as well as the examination of live and deceased victims. She helps with large scale operations including exhumations of burial sites and examination of skeletal animal remains. She frequently testifies as a veterinary forensic expert for animal cruelty cases around the country, including cases involving animal fighting, neglect and trauma.
Dr. Merck is a member of the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Conference and is Program Chair for their Animal CSI track. Dr. Merck is the founding chair of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She is the author of the textbooks, 'Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation' by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing with the 2nd edition published in December, 2012. She is the co-author of the book 'Veterinary Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A Guide for Veterinarians and Law Enforcement' and a contributing author on forensics in other textbooks.
Dr. Merck frequently provides training for veterinary, attorney and law enforcement professionals internationally on the use of veterinary medical knowledge in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. She developed the first Veterinary Forensics course for University of Georgia and Florida veterinary schools and frequently lectures at other veterinary and technician colleges. She teaches workshops on animal crime scenes and the processing of burial and surface remains. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and member of the International Association of Blood Stain Analysts. In addition, Dr. Merck applies her expertise to animal disaster responses by providing training in Disaster Sheltering and Basic Animal Emergency Response for American Humane Association. She is a member of their Red Star Emergency Services disaster team. She also volunteers with Good Mews Animal Foundation, a no-kill feline shelter in Atlanta, Georgia.
Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee(AWWC): Chairperson