Meet the Team

Picture of the Veterinary Forensic Sciences Laboratory team
Faculty, courtesy faculty, and staff of the Veterinary Forensic Sciences Laboratory

Mission

To improve animal welfare for all animals including companion animals, livestock, and wildlife, by fostering the application of the forensic sciences to veterinary medicine and assisting with animal cruelty investigations.


Dr. Stern

Adam W. Stern

Dr. Adam W. Stern is a Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stern received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College. He is a Board-Certified Veterinary Pathologist and is a Founding Fellow in Veterinary Forensic Pathology (ACVP). Dr. Stern is a Director of the International Society for Animal Forensic Sciences and is the chair of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Fellowship Training Committee. He maintains a leadership position in the Animal Cruelty Task Force within the 5th and 9th Florida Judicial Circuits.

Dr. Valerio

Courtney Valerio

Dr. Courtney Valerio is a Veterinary Forensic Pathology Fellow at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Valerio is a Board-Certified Veterinary Pathologist and a Fellow in Veterinary Forensic Pathology (ACVP). She graduated from the University of Glasgow College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and practiced small animal general medicine before returning to academia for her residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at the University of Missouri. She then completed a fellowship in Veterinary Forensic Pathology at the University of Florida.

Laboratory Staff

Dali Roig
Phone: (352) 294-4077
Daniel Verdugo
Phone: (352) 294-4133

Courtesy Faculty

Jason H Byrd
Department: MD-PATHOLOGY-GENERAL

Jason H Byrd

Associate Director
Phone: (352) 294-4091
Adam W Leath
Department: MD-MAPLES CTR – FORENSIC MED

Adam W Leath

Seminole County Animal Services
Phone: (407) 665-5201
Eileen M Roy-Zokan
Department: MD-MAPLES CTR – FORENSIC MED

Eileen M Roy-Zokan

Phone: (352) 318-3357
Lerah Sutton
Department: MD-PATHOLOGY-GENERAL

Lerah Sutton PhD

Director – Forensic Medicine Educational Program
Phone: (352) 294-4511

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Leah Reudink (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Aidan Keenan (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)