Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC, in Austin, Texas. She’s 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 and 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.
Dr. Merck is a member of the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Conference and is Program Chair for their Veterinary Forensics: Animal CSI track. Dr. Merck is the founding chair of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She is on the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Advisory Council. She is the author of the textbook “Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation, 2nd edition” by Wiley publishing, 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.
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.
When did Melinda first know she wanted to be in veterinary medicine?
“According to my parents, since I wrote it down in kindergarten! I personally knew when I was around 8 – I found a beagle hit by a car dying on the side of the road. I stayed with him keeping the flies off until he died. I vowed then to make it my mission to treat and save animals.”