• American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • $122,500.00 -200,540.00/year*
  • New York, NY
  • Veterinary Services
  • Full-Time
  • 172 W 104th St

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The Forensic Sciences team works to advance the application of veterinary medicine and forensic sciences to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of cruelty to animals. We strive to advance the fields of forensic veterinary medicine and forensic applied animal behavior through original research and outreach to professionals in allied disciplines.

In 2014, the ASPCA established a unique and groundbreaking formal partnership with the New York Police Department (NYPD) to address animal cruelty in New York City. The NYPD responds and investigates animal cruelty cases within hours of a report, or immediately if a crime is in progress and the ASPCA provides case support which include forensic evaluations and medical care for all victims of suspected animal cruelty. Former NYPD executives and former New York City prosecutors working for the ASPCA provide law enforcement and legal guidance to NYPD. The New York City District Attorneys offices have established specific prosecutorial units for animal cruelty crimes. The NYC Veterinary community provides support for animal cruelty cases in many ways including, the intake of animals overnight at 24 hour animal hospitals and specialty medicine consultations and treatment for animal cruelty cases.

The Forensic Veterinarian will play a key role on this team serving under the direction of the Supervisor of Forensic Sciences to consult internally as well as externally, providing ASPCA expertise on cruelty cases for the New York Police Department (NYPD), other law enforcement agencies and the veterinary community, as directed by his/her supervisor. Additionally this position will collaborate on teaching and research in the area of veterinary forensic sciences.

This position will be based in New York City?.


Provision of Forensic Sciences Services for NYPD Cases (80%):

  • Serve as an ASPCA Forensic Veterinarian for NYPD cases. Consulting and providing case assistance as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Supervisor of Forensic Sciences to ensure performance and facilitation of forensic veterinary services for NYPD cases.
  • Assist with planning of NYPD case responses and participate in crime scene investigations.
  • Serve as an animal medical examiner and provide forensic analysis of evidence (e.g. necropsies), as needed.
  • Responsible for performing clinical forensic exams, gross necropsies, completing reports for law enforcement, and expert witness testimony as needed.
  • Utilize appropriate chain of custody, evidence transfer and disposition procedure for forensic evidence.
  • Utilize current accepted and standardized scientific procedures for the analysis and reporting for scientific findings.
  • Participate in presenting cruelty case status at weekly ASPCA Animal Health and Welfare Meetings
  • Create and implement veterinary forensic sciences training/education for veterinarians, law enforcement, attorneys, and veterinary students/residents.
  • Develop and implement forensic protocols and procedures for NYPD cases.
  • Assist with training, mentoring and assisting other veterinarians who are involved in NYPD cases.
  • Produce administrative reports and communicate progress updates and status as needed.
  • Collaboration on Research, Teaching and Other Casework (20%):

  • Collaborate with the Supervisor of Forensic Sciences on forensic evaluation of animal cruelty case work (alive and deceased), teaching, and research.
  • Contribute to ongoing changes in forensic protocols and procedures.
  • Assist with planning small and large scale case responses and participate in crime scene investigations.
  • Facilitate and assist with the implementation and oversight of a veterinary forensic internship/externship program.
  • Be available to all ASPCA departments, specifically; ASPCA Animal Hospital, Humane Law Enforcement, Legal Advocacy, Field Investigation and Response, Legal Department, and Animal Placement, to answer any questions or address any concerns regarding animal abuse
  • Work with Forensic Sciences Team to help train, mentor and assist other veterinarians in NYC who are involved with law enforcement cases.
  • Participate in training programs for NYPD and partner veterinary hospitals, as needed
  • Other duties as requested.
  • Exemplifies the ASPCAs Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact , specifically making change for animals
  • Additional Information:

  • License to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New York. Additional State licensure a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, long days and weekends, if required
  • Must be able to obtain a certificate in Veterinary Forensics within 2 years of hire. Current certification is a plus.
  • Qualifications:

    Ability to work on a team as well as independently; ability to lead as well as follow instructions, Board certification in Pathology a plus, Detail oriented; organized and willing to take ownership of project-critical tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment., Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills, Experience in conducting forensic necropsies, Experience in courtroom testimony in animal cruelty cases a plus, Experience in developing education programs and teaching, Experience in evidence handling and analysis, Experience in working cooperatively with law enforcement or other regulatory agencies, Experience with veterinary issues associated with common cruelty including bloodsports, animal hoarding and intentional abuse, Membership in peer-evaluated veterinary and forensic professional organizations, Research experience a plusVeterinarian License - Other


    English (Required)

    Education and Work Experience:

    Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (Required)3 5 years of experience in the practice of Veterinary Medicine., Experience in animal cruelty investigations a plus, including: neglect, abuse, animal fighting and animal hoarding., Familiarity and experience with evidentiary issues related to the prosecution of animal abuse and neglect cases., Some formal training in Veterinary Forensic Medicine

    Our EEO Policy:

    The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

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    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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