Melinda Merck, DVM


Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She chairs the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science. A frequent contributor to and lecturer on animal cruelty investigations and forensics, she is also the editor and contributing author of “Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation, 2nd edition” by Wiley publishing. Dr. Merck is a member of the International Association of Blood Stain Analysts and serves on the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Animal Cruelty Advisory Council, which recognized her with the Champion of Justice award. She was also honored with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s Outstanding Investigation and Case Award, as well as the Public Service Award and Award of Excellence from the United States Attorney’s Office, in recognition of her work on the Michael Vick dogfighting case.