Animal Sexual Abuse Information & Resources

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M Jenny Edwards

Criminologist, Independent Researcher

Bestiality is an equal-opportunity problem - dogs, horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, and cats are among the species that have been reported as being sexually assaulted.  Depsite the fact that animal sex abuse has occured for generations, few resources exist to assist veterinarians when presented with a case of suspected animal sexual abuse.  

It's not unusual for animal sex abusers to avoid seeking regular vet care, and sexual penetration may go unnoticed, even if the animal is brought into the clinic regularly.  More often, an animal only come to the vet's attention when it is injured or an infection develops.  

For Veterinarians

•  What constitutes bestiality:  Terminology, definitions, historical incidences in art, literature, and culture

•  Viewing zoosexuality through a modern lens: stereotypes, myths, and facts

•  How zoosexuals see animal welfare and bestiality

•  Existing and proposed research  

•  What to do when you suspect sexual abuse has occurred with an animal

•  Conducting a client interview

•  Ethical and legal considerations

•  Mandated, Protected, and General Cross-reporting

•  Forensic examination including DNA collection

•  Preparing reports and expert witness testimony

•  Working with law enforcement, prosecutors and the media


This 4-hour course focuses on techniques for assesing animal sexual abuse, and working with law enforcement and prosecutors when called as an expert witness.  Existing research is highlighted. Case-specific examples are used to highlight animal injuries, behavior, and outcomes.  Case studies, including photographs, court documents, and evidence examples are used extensively. Instructors vary by location but generally include a detective, investigator, veterinarian, and/or prosecutor. Course is restricted to Veterinarians and Veterinary Assistants. Course fee: $195; no fee for veterinary students with valid ID.