We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA), the proud sponsor of Ohlin and his work in our ovarian cancer detection study.

OCSA works to expand public awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives.

Learn more about OCSA and Ohlin at

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The December 1st deadline is fast approaching and we need your help!

At our one year anniversary Dr. Cindy Otto announced that the Salah Foundation has established a $75,000 challenge grant for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Gifts made to the Center before the December 1st deadline will be matched dollar for dollar.

DONATE NOW and make double the impact!

Salah Foundation $75K Challenge Grant

Dr. Otto announced Tuesday at our graduation ceremony that the Salah Foundation has established a $75,000 challenge grant for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Gifts made to the Center before December 1, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar.



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We Celebrate Our 1st Anniversary!

Today we take a moment to thank all those who have played a role in making our first year such a success!

With 16 puppies in our training program and our facility developing to accommodate Search and Rescue Dog training as well as Diabetic Alert Dog and Cancer Detection Dog training, we could not be more pleased. Continue Reading »

Ovarian Cancer Study on CBS This Morning

Dr. Otto discusses the impact of the Ovarian Cancer Detection Dog Study with CBS This Morning’s Dr. Holly Phillips.

Watch HERE!

Launching Hydration Study

Today marks the first day of the DOD sponsored study evaluating the effects of three separate hydration strategies in detection dogs.

  • Water only
  • Subcutaneous electrolyte
  • Oral electrolyte (Hydrolyte™)

Ensuring that detection dogs are at peak performance is very important and often lives are on the line.

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Fox & Friends reporter Anna Kooiman stopped by the Penn Vet Working Dog Center to see how the puppies and their training have progressed since she first visited last September.

Anna also got a feel for the work handlers put in as she takes Thunder through an agility exercise.

Watch episode HERE.

Oh, the places we’ll go!

A giant thank you to Robin Rubenstein who, in memory of her Aunt, donated a 2012 Ford E250! This van allows us to expand our puppies detection training and socialization outside of the WDC facility on a regular basis.

Our next goal is to raise funds to convert the 237.8 cu feet of cargo space into a safe and useful puppy-mobile.  DONATE NOW!

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Welcome Jake!

Breed:  Labrador Retriever
DOB: December 9, 2012
Gender: Male
Breeder:  D and S Retrievers, Kutztown, PA
Legacy: Named in honor of Jake (Handler Mary Flood) who served at the World Trade Center following the attacks of 9/11

Penn Gazette by Molly Petrilla

Check out the latest Penn Gazette article featuring our puppies in training!