Several of you have emailed me and told me that because of learning — by way of OHH — about various animal rights related academic courses (some of which are online), you signed up! Some of these have included Will Potter’s class in Investigative Journalism and Social Change; the incredible graduate programs offered by the Institute for Humane Education; Humane Education Reaching Teachers’ training programs; Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy; and the plethora of courses available for those interested in animal law. Hooray for you! With a bright future for Animal Studies’ education programs now upon us, I could honestly get used to writing about new, cutting-edge animal-related courses. Who would have thunk it?
With that, I am excited to share with you the news that the first batch of students from the University of Florida’s graduate program in Veterinary Forensic Sciences — which is in affiliation with the ASPCA — are graduating. Hooray for them! Cooler still is that this program, the world’s first, is conducted entirely online! (That means you can take your classes naked.) Topics covered are vast, and include crime scene processing, scientific and legal principles of forensic evidence, animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, and forensic pathology and entomology. Students from all over the globe are currently registered for the coming fall semester, and though they come from all walks of life — veterinary medicine, law enforcement, forensic sciences, and animal rescue organizations, to name but a few — the common driving force is, of course, justice for animals. According to the press release, “the program emphasizes the application of forensic science and medicine to veterinary medicine and animal related crimes.”
If this is a program that interests you, you’d better move fast.