The Working Dog Alliance is working with industry, government, animal advocacy and scientific research groups to review current practices. They aim to provide opportunities for communication, sharing and collaboration across this diverse industry.
Learn more about the Working Dog Alliance Australia HERE.
Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and Associate Professor of Critical Care, has provided a thorough summary of the hazards and treatments for Antifreeze exposure.
Download document HERE.
AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet recovery service, formerly known as AKC Companion Animal Recovery, revealed its new name, logo and website. Pet owners will instantly connect with the new name – AKC Reunite – and recognize AKC Reunite as the trusted service that can help keep them with their pets when the unthinkable happens.
“More and more of our customers already know the importance of pet recovery from a trusted source,” said AKC Reunite CEO Tom Sharp. “Our new engaging name, logo and tagline – AKC Reunite – The way home for lost pets – easily identifies for the consumer the concept and value of pet recovery in case their pets are lost or stolen. AKC Reunite has created more than 400,000 happy reunions and with this change we expect to do more as pet owners choose pet recovery as a way to protect their valued family members.”
AKC Reunite has been the proud sponsor of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s AKC Reunite Detection Dog DNA Bank.
Reunite also offers free microchip registration for any certified working dog. Download form HERE.
Visit AKC Reunite’s new website HERE.
The University of Pennsylvania Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital offers a unique service to working dogs in the surrounding area. They have the ability to receive K9 patients by helicopter and provide transport directly to the hospital for emergency care.
Review the transportation protocol and help your department/organization be better prepared for veterinary emergencies.
Download Working K9 Helicopter Transportation Protocol HERE.
The ICDDA was created to provide the opportunity for those involved with Conservation Detection Dogs to work together for the advancement of the use of detection dogs in the field. The ICDDA will also provide an accreditation process to certify that dogs and handlers meet key standards to reliably provide services to others.
Visit their website to learn more http://www.icdda.org/
One of the first days back on campus for my senior year at Penn, I saw two women walking the most adorable little puppies. Being a dog lover, I obviously had to stop by to say hello. Pat and Sarah introduced me to PApa Bear and Bretagne, two extremely sweet and friendly little dogs. They were handing out baseball cards with descriptions of their dogs and the program they were starting up just over the bridge: Penn Vet Working Dog Center. They told me to come by and see if I wanted to volunteer. Busy with my full schedule, job search and other leadership positions on campus, I knew I would have a lot on my plate but these dogs had already taken my heart.
Walking over the bridge onto Gray’s Ferry, I did not know what to expect. I had never really ventured this way in my four years here. But, I walked in the door and knew that this is where I wanted to spend as much of my time as possible this year. The puppies were so small, so cute and so excited to see me even though we had never met. I was thrown right into volunteer work: taking the dogs on walks, learning the proper commands, working with the veterinary students, giving baths – anything you could think of in a dog training facility, I did right off the bat. The more in-depth search and rescue training came along as the puppies grew. I would hide, waiting for the pup to rescue me from a closet or a cabinet. It has been incredible to watch their progress in searches, agility, obedience and more. While working here a few times a week, I started to build stronger relationships with these future working dogs.
It’s been just about eight months now. The class has grown from seven to twelve active trainees. With only two short weeks left, I can’t even imagine what my life is going to be like when I go home. I won’t be able to take a break from school work and be showered with love from twelve talented and delightful puppies. I won’t be able to watch how quickly Socks retrieves her hide or how Jake is improving on the agility course. I will miss even more the way Morgan lays down when I walk in for a belly rub. And I will miss the amazing people I have met here, the committed trainers who are working on such a noble and exciting project. It has been an unbelievable experience here. Penn Vet Working Dog Center – thank you for a great way to end my four years at Penn. I look forward to coming back and hearing all the remarkable things the graduated puppies have accomplished. I am happy to know that I had a hand in their development and eventual success. Every day has been different and unexpected but I always leave with a smile on my face.
This site is sponsored by the Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) and was originally created by the Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG). VCOG promotes collaborative investigations through the establishment of common goals and endpoints for the purpose of benefiting both animals and people affected by cancer.
This site was designed for use by everyone who participates in the treatment of pet animals with cancer, including pet owners, general practice veterinarians, and oncologists and other specialty veterinarians. Information is provided to inform both private practice and academic veterinarians, and to promote accrual for the timely completion of clinical trials while providing state-of-the-art treatment options for pets with cancer.
Visit the site to find cancer trails http://www.vetcancertrials.org/
Part of being prepared to care for your canine in a medical emergency is having access to a useful tool able to provide vital sign references and canine specific drug doses. Each of the cards provided below are designed to be completed, printed, and stored in an easily accessible place (your first aid kit).
INDIVIDUAL – For the individual handler or medical personel who wants information for a specific canine.
GENERIC- For the medical personel who wants information for general canine care and needs access to a variety of ranges.
*A special thanks to Craig Veldheer for initiating the creation of these tools