April 23, 2014 – King of Prussia, PA
April 24, 2014 – Bensalem, PA
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with you and all the dogs at the Center for the last month. I learned so much about training and handling dogs. Even though I had to wake up early to get to the Center, I was always happy when I arrived. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I learned lots and had the most amazing time.
I loved hiding and handling the dogs while they were searching. It is incredible how talented all the dogs are. The first day I was amazed when I saw my first search, and I was still awed on my last day. It was an honor to watch the dogs work. I loved seeing their excitement; it was contagious.
Handling Jesse P for the field trip to the pet store was a dream come true. He is wonderful to handle and is so focused on his reward. I loved handling him. I know he will be a great Search Dog.
The Ovarian Cancer Detection Dogs are also super talented. I can’t wait to continue hearing about all of their work. It is crazy they are able to do what they do. A dog’s sense of smell is truly an amazing thing.
The DAD [Diabetes Alert Dog] dogs are so personable and caring. I know if I had diabetes I would want one of them at my side. They are the right dogs for the job. I loved cataloging videos of them below the desk. Brit and Bear would even check me sometimes.
Thanks to all of the staff and longtime volunteers for their help. Thank you to Pat for supervising me and showing me the proper way to reward with treats while handling. Thank you Dr. Otto for welcoming me and letting me volunteer at the Center. Thank you Vicki for helping me word the trading cards and taking time out of your day to help go over all the card information. Thank you Katie for all the tips on loose leash walking and for showing me all of your dog’s awesome tricks. Thank you Annemarie for helping me hide myself and the handle the dogs on search. (Also for letting me play with Prior, he is a fantastic dog.) Thank you Jonathan for showing me how to set up cancer [detection training], it was great to help you with that. Thank you Kathryn for helping me set up my Junior project; without you I would have been lost. Thank you to Donna for showing me how to train agility and ‘leave it’. Thank you to Heather for helping me sort out the food for each of the dogs. Thank you to Mo for feeding me and making me laugh every day. Thank you Clayton for showing me all the ropes and helping me learn SEPTA routes. And thanks to everyone else, every day I met someone new who was kind, passionate about dogs and helpful.
I can’t put exactly into words how great this experience was for me, but I hope that you have gotten the idea. I had such an outstanding incredible time at the Center. I can’t wait to get off school so I can come back. Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity.
Learn how to recognize medical emergencies that occur in the field and provide supportive care until veterinary support is available.
Handler: Ron von Allworden, Mike Taul
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Judi Berke is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and graduate of Sherman Chiropratic College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, specializing in the NUCCA technique. Judi has 25 years of experience running a successful chiropractic practice in Glenside, PA. She has had training in animal adjusting and served as Clinic Doctor at the Pennsylvania Chiropractic College. For the past eight years, her experience has been in higher education as a Continuing Education Director.
A dog owner for most of her life, Judi has enjoyed the company of a German Shepherd, two Great Danes, and a Yorkshire Terrier. She currently resides in Elkins Park, PA with her rescue dog, Patrick, a long-haired Dachshund mix. During the 2013 holiday season, Judi and Patrick served as a temporary foster family for the Work Dog Center, welcoming Bretagne as their special guest.
American Animal Hospital Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
American College of Veterinary Nutrition
American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
World Small Animal Veterinary Association
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University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine student Destiny Coleman V’15 shares a great article on winter hazards.
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Read this interesting article by Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, on the dangers of the common coin.
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