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AZ: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Partners with MWU on Bone Identification Lab

October 11, 2016

by Office of Communications

Dr. David Jenkins
Dr. David Jenkins with bone and photographic samples

Members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue division and the FBI recently met with faculty and students from the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine, the Glendale Campus Department of Anatomy, and the College of Veterinary Medicine for a lab workshop to help them differentiate human bones from animal bones.

"In many cases, it is difficult to differentiate human from animal bones, especially for searchers without a medical, veterinary, or biology background," says David Jenkins, D.P.M., FACFAS (AZPod/CHS-Glendale), Professor, one of the event organizers and a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office K9 Posse.

Bone samples and photos from similar human and animal physiological structures were presented side-by-side for participants to identify, physically handle, and differentiate. Animal and human bone specimens were provided by the Department of Anatomy and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Attendance for this year's lab doubled over last year's inaugural event due to high demand.

Faculty organizers included Dr. Jenkins; Lance Wissman, D.P.M. (AZPod/CHS-Glendale), Associate Professor; Jeffrey Page, D.P.M. (AZPod/CHS-Glendale), Associate Dean; Christopher Heesy, Ph.D., Professor, Anatomy; Jeff Plochocki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Anatomy; and Nancy Bradley-Siemens, D.V.M., MNM (CVM), Clinical Assistant Professor.

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