Melinda D. Merck, D.V.M.


Veterinary Forensics 2nd Edition

 Forensics Consulting, LLC

Dr. Melinda Merck is a forensic veterinarian consulting on cases involving animals.  Dr. Merck 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 of the Veterinary Forensic Science track.  Dr. Merck is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association.


DogChainedDr. 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 Florida veterinary school and frequently lectures at other veterinary colleges. She teaches workshops on animal crime scenes and the processing of burial and surface remains.  She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science and 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.

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