Vet CPD: The Forensic Process

CPD: 16 Hours (online)

Cost of course: £329 + VAT

Launch: 1st June 2018

This course is aimed at veterinary professionals who manage or deal with forensic cases involving animals. It provides an overview of the Forensic Process from ‘crime scene to court’ and includes sessions on the legal framework, forensic strategy, expert evidence, chain of custody and interpretation. The course is structured around case studies, which provide the operational framework for learning, and the sessions are delivered by experts who are recognised authorities in the field.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the forensic process as it relates to forensic investigation.
  2. Develop an awareness of the legal process and the role of personnel and forensic science in it.
  3. Review the role of the investigator and evaluator in an investigation and in court.
  4. Gain an understanding of forensic and crime scene strategy and how to maintain the chain of custody.
  5. Review the factors that impact on the integrity of forensic evidence, including continuity, record keeping and bias.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the Forensic Process through self and peer-evaluation.


The course is hosted online by the University of Surrey and facilitated by Samantha Pickles with contributions from experts across disciplines including experienced legal professionals, vets and forensic scientists.

Samantha Pickles, BSc (Hons) MSc PGCE MCSFS FLS FRES

Samantha has been a forensic scientist since 2002 and is one of only a small number of Forensic Entomologists in the UK who are actively involved in casework. Having been cross-trained within Biology, Drugs and Ecology departments, she has conducted hundreds of laboratory, scene and mortuary examinations. With extensive casework experience across a range of forensic and medical case types, she is regularly involved in multi-disciplinary investigations and delivering forensic training for professional practice.

In addition to this expertise, she holds an MSc in Medical Parasitology with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London), a PGCE in post-compulsory education (specialising in adult learning) and has recently completed her PhD in Medical Entomology with the University of Nottingham (School of Pharmacy). Samantha is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Royal Entomological Society, and is a Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. Samantha is the Lead Forensic Scientist at ArroGen Veterinary Forensics.


What is included in the price?

Course: 16 hours over 2 months, work through the course at your own pace.

Assessment: Activities throughout the course.

Feedback:  Discussion forums and e-mail support.

Registration:  Onto the ArroGen Veterinary Forensics Education Register.

Certificate:  Sent to you upon completion of the course.

Register using the form on the right and we'll be in touch to organise enrolment and payment.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35% of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65% of the full fee.

Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.

If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.

The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.