Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She assists investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation, examination of live and deceased victims, frequently testifying as a veterinary forensics expert. She helps with large-scale operations including exhumations of burial sites and examination of skeletal animal remains. Dr. Merck provides training for veterinary, attorney and law enforcement professionals internationally on the use of veterinary forensic science and medicine in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases.
Dr. Merck is the Past President of the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Community and Program Chair for their Veterinary Forensics: Animal CSI program. She is the founding chair of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. She serves on the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Advisory Council. Dr. Merck is the editor and contributing author of the textbook, “Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation, 2nd edition” by Wiley publishing, co-author “Veterinary Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A Guide for Veterinarians and Law Enforcement” and a contributing author on forensics in Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, Reptile Medicine and Surgery, and Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine Vol. 7. Dr. Merck is the course coordinator and instructor for the VetFolio online Veterinary Forensic Science and Medicine and Animal CSI Certificate Courses.
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. Locally she serves on the Austin-Travis County Family Violence Task Force and the Texas VMA Animal Welfare Committee.