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Short course in Practical Wildlife Forensic Investigation

Onderstepoort Campus, University of Pretoria
19/11/2015 - 20/11/2015
7:30 to 17:00
The course will provide multidisciplinary practical training in the relevant aspects of participating in a forensic and post-mortem examination of wild animals. This course will develop a cohort of professionals with the ability to deal with wildlife forensic cases within the context of the specific requirements related to investigations for legal purposes.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the participant should be proficient to deal with a forensic investigation of dead wildlife in the context of the requirements of this type of investigation.

Outline of course content

The course will cover the following topics:

a) Practical RhODIS DNA sample collection

b) Practical crime scene investigation

c) Forensic pathology

d) Forensic photography

e) Sample and evidence collection

f) Handling samples

g) Handling owners and accused

h) Handling animals

i) Physical matches and identification

Who should attend?

Wildlife veterinarians, laboratory diagnosticians, forensic specialists, wildlife ranch owners and managers, conservationists, and individuals involved in law enforcement.

Admission requirements

Proof of formal involvement with wildlife and formal affiliation with an institution/business dealing with wildlife.


Short courses and certificate programmes presented by the University of Pretoria through CE at UP are not based on unit standards and do not bear credits in terms of the National Qualifications Framework.


On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate of successful completion from the University of Pretoria.

Course dates and venue

19–20 November 2015, Onderstepoort Campus, University of Pretoria

Course fees

The course fee is R5 400,00 which includes course material and refreshments during contact sessions.

Registration enquiries

Course coordinator: Samedah Davis

Tel: 012 434 2500

Fax: 012 434 2505

E-mail: [email protected]

Course content enquiries

Course leader: Prof Nick Kriek

Tel: 012 5298557

E-mail: [email protected]


Contact: +27 12 434 2500 (Samedah Davis) +27 12 529 8557 (Prof Nick Kriek)