- Level One Schedule
- Level Two Schedule
- Cadaver Dog Instructors
- What Participants Are Saying about this Workshop
- Human vs. Non-Human Bone ID and Basic Field Recovery
- First Aid for Dogs
- K-9 Handler Scholarship
- Field Recovery of Human Remains - Anthropology 486
- Surface Recovery of Human Skeletal Remains (Level 1)
Read about our program in Western's Alumni Magazine
UPCOMING 2015 WORKSHOPS:
Level One - October 10-12, 2015
Online registration for the above workshop will open at 1:30pm EST on TUESDAY, AUGUST
11 on this page. We are unable to accept registrations prior to this date.
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 Forensic Osteology Research Station. 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 - October 10-12.......... $399.00
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)
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.