Evidence Technology Magazine: Documenting and Processing Animal Cruelty Scenes
Virginia Maxwell, associate dean, associate professor of forensic science, has written an article about the criminal investigation of animal cruelty.
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D.Phil., Oxford University
B.Sc., (Hons), Liverpool University
Dr. Virginia Maxwell joined the University of New Haven in 2007 after a 15-year career at the State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory in the Trace Evidence Section. Prior to joining the Forensic Laboratory she worked at Yale University and the Royal Military College of Canada. During her time at the laboratory, she worked on many high profile cases in the state and was admitted as an expert in both State and Federal court. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Associate Dean of the Henry C. Lee College, returning to the faculty in 2014 to pursue her interests in animal cruelty investigation.
At the University she has taught many classes in the Forensic Science program and has developed three honors classes for students in the Honors Program. She is the coordinator of the FEPAC-accredited M.S. in Forensic Science and director for the newly approved Animal Cruelty Investigation graduate certificate. Her laboratory research interests are in the degradation of physical evidence, including trace evidence, tool marks, and DNA. Beyond the laboratory, she is using crime data to predict hot spots for crimes against animals, such as dog fighting, the impact of COVID on the meatpacking industry and how this impacted animals in the industrialized agricultural system, and cruelty in horse racing.
Crime Scene Investigation
Trace and Transfer Evidence