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Level One / May 14-16, 2014
Level Two / May 19-21, 2014
Online registration will open at 1:30pm EST
on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
All participants must register online.
Western Carolina University is committed to creating the finest training experience of this kind in the country. Our Cadaver Dog Training Workshops are held on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The workshops are offered in cooperation with the Western Carolina Forensic Anthropology Program. Canine and field instruction is provided by Lisa Higgins, Brad Dennis, and Paul S. Martin, and others with additional classroom instruction provided by Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist and WCU professor Cheryl A. Johnston, Ph.D.
These land-based workshops allow participants to work search areas including grassy fields, mountainous terrain, urban environments, buildings, and vehicle lineups. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition in the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST). Classroom instruction will include the human decomposition process, bone identification, forensic taphonomy, and much more.
REQUIREMENTS: The Level 1 workshop is designed for Cadaver Dogs that have a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of training. The dog recognizes odor and has a trained final response and may or may not be exposed to large source.
LEVEL 1 - May 14-16, 2014.......... $TBA
Instruction for the level 1 workshops begins at 9am on the first day and concludes around 2pm on day 3. Registration includes 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Additionally, participants will receive a bound copy of the materials covered during the classroom presentations and a complimentary t-shirt. While on campus participants will have free internet access.
Participation is limited to the first 30 canine teams to sign up for each class. Each handler will be limited to working with only one dog during the instructional period. Current vaccination records or, if traveling from outside of North Carolina, a Current Health Certificate will be required. A limited number of pet-friendly hotel rooms are available at the Blue Ridge Inn in nearby Sylva. To reserve your room, please call 828-586-2123. (Be sure you have a CONFIRMED seat in the workshop before booking your hotel room).
LEVEL 2 - May 19-21, 2014 .......... $TBA
The Level 2 Cadaver Dog Workshop is designed for prior participants of the Level 1 Cadaver Dog Workshop. Beginning on Monday and ending on Wednesday the Level 2 Cadaver Dog Workshop will be 3 full days of training. The participants will spend an entire day working in and around the FOREST, Western Carolina University’s outdoor human decomposition research facility. This workshop will focus on realistic skeletal scatter scenarios, burials, and building searches on and around the campus of Western Carolina University. We have tentatively scheduled guest speakers to include experts in the fields of victim and child safety advocacy, human decomposition odor analysis, ground penetrating radar, and others.
Instruction for the LEVEL 2 workshops begins at 9am on the first day and concludes around 7pm on day 3. Registration includes 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Additionally, participants will receive a bound copy of the materials covered during the classroom presentations and a complimentary t-shirt. While on campus participants will have free internet access. Continuing Education Units through Western Carolina University will be available. The workshop will conclude on Wednesday evening with the presentation of certificates after dinner.