Medical Detection Dogs

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes.

They are at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and bacterial infections.  Their Bio Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of those diseases in samples such as urine, breath and sweat and our work has the potential to benefit millions.

They already apply what is known about the science of canine olfaction to benefit people by training Medical Alert Assistance Dogs to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event, helping them manage complex, life-threatening medical conditions and improving their quality of life.

The welfare of the Medical Detection Dogs is taken extremely seriously. From the moment they arrive as puppies the highest standards of care is attained for our dogs. There is a strict no kennel policy and all the dogs live in the homes of  staff or fantastic local volunteers where they are loved and cared for as part of the family.

Medical Detection Dogs rely on the generosity of supporters, charitable trusts and foundations and members of the public to fund this life-saving work. This is why we, the rotary eClub of Innovation has chosen to support them along with our other Rotary charities.


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COVID-19 Detection Dogs

People who are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus have a distinct odour that can be detected by trained dogs with a high degree of accuracy, according to new research. 

It showed that COVID-19 infection has a distinct smell, which specially trained dogs can rapidly, non-invasively detect with over 90% accuracy. The dogs were able to detect odour from individuals who were asymptomatic, as well as those with two different strains, and with both high and low viral loads.  

Use of the Bio Detection dogs plus a confirmatory PCR test are estimated to detect more than twice as many cases and prevent more onward transmission than isolating symptomatic individuals only.