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Jennifer Woolf

  • Jennifer Woolf

    Jennifer Woolf

    President at Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting

    Please tell us a little about yourself. (e.g., Background, education, hobbies, interests, etc.)

    I’m a Florida native and received my bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and continued my education at the University of Florida where I received my veterinary degree. I lived in Boston for three years before I moved across the country to California.

    Why did you choose the online Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program?

    My first experience at a municipal shelter was eye-opening. I was asked to assist with a dog fighting ring case; and as the case progressed, it became apparent I didn’t have the knowledge base I needed to assist to the best of my abilities. The dogs hadn’t been evaluated properly, and I wanted to continue my education so that I could help. I heard about the program while I was attending the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference. Although the program didn’t start for another year, I still joined the inaugural class.

    What surprised you most about the program?

    It’s amazing how much information and material are out there that the average practitioner doesn’t have and the amount of things that need to be learned in order to assess the animals properly. The entire field still has a lot to learn.

    What was your favorite part of the online learning experience?

    The classes were flexible enough to empower me to complete the program while working and caring for my family. The professors were great, and I really enjoyed working with my classmates and still network with them.

    What has been the most useful takeaway that you have applied to your day-to-day responsibilities?

    In a word, awareness. I’m now aware that abuse happens and needs to be considered when evaluating an animal’s injuries. I keep it in mind at all times. The program has truly changed my views and approach on how I care for animals.

    How has furthering your forensic sciences education affected your current work?

    Since completing the program, I have changed careers. I opened my own veterinary forensics consulting business: Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting, Inc. It’s become important to me to educate my colleagues on animal abuse and how to handle it. I also regularly work with law enforcement, lawyers, domestic violence shelter workers, vets and others to educate them on animal abuse. Learn more about my business at www.wvfcinc.com.

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