The mission of Animal Forensic Investigations LLC is to provide the most current scientifically accepted methods available in veterinary forensic medicine and science. We will use our medical, biological and investigative skills to assist the lay public in their understanding evidence in issues of the significance of pathological information, medical findings and evidence in issues surrounding crimes involving animals. We will gather all pertinent evidence that results in a comprehensive understanding of crimes. We will provide quality, consistent laboratory and death investigation reports as required by our clients. We will always provide integrity, discretion, compassion and excellence in pursuing the questions asked by our clients.
1) To maintain all forensic reports in the strictest confidence for the exclusive use of our clients.
2) To commit to the development and improvement of techniques used in forensic medicine, science and pathology.
3) To work with other forensic and veterinary professionals to assist in both the investigation and prevention of all crimes with-in our abilities and areas of expertise.
4) To make available the most current validated and accepted investigative techniques in veterinary forensic medicine with-in the scope of the state of the art and science.
5) To support all clients I their need to understand the medical scientific aspects and ramifications of any legal or forensic investigations.
ANIMAL FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS LLC. was formed due to a pressing need by law enforcement officers, lawyers and the judiciary to better understand the nature and manner of crimes against or involving animals. Further, there is a growing public interest in forensic science and animal cruelty. Currently all 50 states have laws against animal cruelty and abuse. Penalties in these areas range from misdemeanors to felonies which may carry severe fines and incarceration. To this end, the need for veterinarians to interpret and clarify biomedical concepts associated with animal crimes was recognized. The severity of the criminal or civil penalties made it essential that crimes against animals be investigated with the same forensic professionalism and rigor as other prosecutable criminal acts. Due to these needs, veterinary forensic medicine was started as an interest in clinical veterinary medicine.
Dr Rogers has a passion for Veterinary Forensics, Crime Scene Investigation, Medical Investigations, and Expert Witness Testimony as a Forensic Veterinarian.
Dr. Ernest Rogers holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical sciences and Biology), Bachelor of Arts (Neuropsychology and Behavior), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Toxicology and Pharmacology). Further, Dr. Rogers is a Certified Medical Investigator (American College of Forensic Examiner Institute) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine.
Doctor Rogers initiated his first forensic case in 1995 in Roanoke Virginia. This was at the request of Roanoke County Police. Dr Rogers served and was certified as an expert witness for that case. Since that initial case, Dr Rogers has been involved in a projectile recovery (bullet recovery from a dog killed) for the Orange New Jersey Police Department. The forensic ballistic review of the projectile recovered, was then identified as coming from a firearm that had been involved in multiple human murders.
Dr Rogers has assisted and consulted both prosecution and the defense attorneys through expert witness consultation, review of legal documents including police reports, witness statements, crime scene photographs and other relevant documentation. To date, Dr. Rogers has assisted multiple police departments including the NJSPCA Humane Police in the establishment of over 50 cases. The development of forensic veterinary evidence is a skill unique to the Forensic Veterinarian. Dr. Rogers based on his experience, education and depth of knowledge has been able to successfully assist in multiple criminal and several civill litigations. Dr. Rogers also is an educator giving lectures on Veterinary Forensics to Veterinarians, Law Enforcement, and Forensic Scientists.