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Sophie Reed is nearing the completion of a one year Master’s project funded by the Centre. She is developing a preliminary model of the German Shepherd lumbosacral spine and pelvis using a proprietary (AnyBody®) musculoskeletal modelling package. On the strength of Sophie’s work to date, and other funding from the Equine Trust, researchers have been successful in obtaining a Catalyst grant from the Royal Society to run a workshop in Denmark with European collaborators from Vienna and Ghent.. Read more
On the 1st December the Centre held its second research colloquium at Massey University. The event was attended by working dog enthusiasts from around New Zealand..
In 2016 the Centre has funded three new projects. The projects are focused on working farm dogs looking at aspects of nutrition and performance, the effect of low carbohydrate diet on glucose and development of a new test to detect T.ovis in faeces.. Read more
Andrew Worth was invited to speak at the 2016 Australian Sheep Veterinarians Conference which was recently held at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW, Australia. A separate working dog stream was available to the 150 attendees.. Read more
The unfortunate death of Gazza, the Police dog shot while on duty in Porirua in April is very sad. Gazza was not only a well-trained, experienced and talented police dog he was also a star on TVNZ’s Dog Squad. Read more
Thanks to our sponsors the Working Dog Centre is pleased to announce that we will be proving over $35,000 worth of funding for five new research projects in the area of working dog health. Read more
Massey postgraduate student Nic Patterson working with researchers from the Working Dog Centre survived people who attended the 2015 Australian Kelpie Muster at Casterton to determine the prevalence of diseases and injuries in Australian farm working dogs. Read more
Many people are aware that dogs have played an important role in detecting explosives in conflict zones throughout the world. What is less well known is that dogs have played an important role in wars dating back to 600 BC. Read more
The Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences has funded a PhD project to investigate what makes a working dog excellent. Describing good performance is not merely an academic exercise. A description of the key factors that make up . Read more
Andrew Worth has completed a PhD into Degenerative Orthopaedic disease as it affects working German Shepherd Police dogs. His research focussed on hip dysplasia and lumbosacral disease which were identified as leading causes of retirement in Police GSDs. Read more
Veterinary group VetEnt has made a significant donation to Massey’s Working Dog Centre. The gift will support research into disease, injury and illness of working dogs. Massey University’s Working Dog Centre was established in 2008 and is unique in New Zealand. Read more
Farmers are all aware of the significance of Leptospirosis in cattle, but is the hard-working farm dog also at risk from this disease?Leptospirosis is a disease of worldwide significance, both for its effect on companion animals, farm animals and wildlife. Read more
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) or ‘kennel cough’, is a disease of multifactorial aetiology especially affecting dogs housed intensively. Clinical signs are acute in onset and usually stay confined to the upper respiratory tract, although some cases will develop lower respiratory tract involvement and potentially fatal disease. Read more
2014: Research by Dr Naomi Cogger is confirming the huge contribution that working dogs make to farms.
In Australia a working dog has been estimated at being worth over $40,000 over the course of its life and Dr Cogger estimates that they are worth more in this country.
2014: A sponsorship agreement has been signed between Merial Ancare and the Working Dog Centre.
Steve Rochester, seen here with Centre directors Andrew Worth and Paul Hughes said his company are committed to a three year sponsorship to aid the centres activities.
2013: An agreement has been signed between the NZ Urban Search and Rescue association and the Centre.
Chairman of the Centre Andrew Worth and Tim Drennan of the NZ USAR SDA signed the agreement which will facilitate advice and expertise surrounding the clinical problems these working dogs face.
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Last updated on Wednesday 03 January 2018