Applications of DNA for Companion Animal and Wildlife Cases

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the basic understanding of DNA and how it is used to identify species and individuals and provide evidence for criminal investigations.  Topics will include DNA basics for forensics, collection and processing of DNA evidence, data analysis and interpretation, written reports and courtroom testimony.  Upon completion of this course, the student will have basic knowledge of how DNA is used to identify species, gender and individual identification, chain of custody, how to write a report and what is expected during testimony.

Course Topics

Module Topic
Module 1 Historic Overview of Forensic DNA
Module 2 Use of DNA for Animal Forensic Investigations
Module 3 Species Identification and Individualization
Module 4 Collection and Proper Storage of Evidence
Module 5 Extracting DNA for Forensic Assays
Module 6 Processing DNA: PCR Optimization, Efficiency, Reliability
Module 7 Midterm Exam: Covering All Previous Material
Module 8 Species Tests
Module 9 Interpretation of Data: Species Tests
Module 10 Genetic Profiles (DNA Fingerprinting)
Module 11 Interpretation of Data: Genetic Profiles (DNA Fingerprinting)
Module 12 Written Report
Module 13 Expert Witness Testimony
Module 14 CITES: Rules and Regulations
Module 15 Final Exam: Covering All Previous Material