News

Modelling the German Shepherd lumbosacral spine and pelvis


Monday 12 December 2016

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

Working Dog Centre Research Colloquium 


Friday 2 December 2016

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.. 
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Funded research projects (2016)

Monday 17 October 2016

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 Speaking Engagements


Monday 19 September 2016

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

Gazza, New Zealand Police dog

Monday 20 May 2016

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

2015 Funding Decisions

h Monday 30 November 2015

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

Working Dog Centre crosses the ditch

Working Dog Centre crosses the ditch Monday 23 November 2015

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

Dogs in warfare

Dogs in Warfare Thursday 19 November 2015

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

What makes a working dog excellent?

Wednesday 18 November 2015

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 awarded a PhD looking at Degenerative Orthopaedic disease

Friday 6 November 2015

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

VetEnt donation boosts Working Dog Centre

VetEnt donation boosts Working Dog Centres Monday 13 April 2015

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

A survey of dogs in the South Island of New Zealand for prevalence of positive MAT titres to Leptospirosis and urine shedding of Leptospira organisms

Leptospirosis Working Dogs Thursday 19 March 2015

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

Kennel cough, what’s new?

Kennel cough, what’s new? Tuesday 17 March 2015

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

Dogs of huge value on farms

Dogs Of Huge Value On Farms 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.

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Centre receives support from Merial Ancare

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.

USAR dogs to receive support from the centre

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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The Centre for Working Dogs is supported by          

Without our sponsors and supporters the Centre would not exist. 

Massey news

Mandarin, mountain and muscle research funded
Thursday 15 December 2016
The development of new online Chinese language learning tools is one of three Massey University research projects awarded Catalyst: Seeding funding...
Dog mastitis study wins 3MT master’s final
Friday 26 August 2016
Canine mastitis researcher Siti Anurddin's study on what causes the potentially fatal condition has won the Massey University final of the Three...
Assistance dog worth her weight in gold
Monday 15 February 2016
We all know the saying - dogs are a man's best friend. Now that friend is being put to work, with assistance dogs proving vital in rehabilitation and...
Rescue workers trained to treat injured search dogs
Friday 4 July 2014
Urban Search and Rescue workers have received training to treat injured working dogs at a Massey University course this week, prompted by the dangers...
Working dogs in spotlight
Tuesday 5 March 2013
Latest research into the health of service and working dogs will feature at this week's World Small Animal Veterinary Association conference in...

Working Dogs News


 Modelling the German Shepherd lumbosacral spine and pelvis
Monday 12 December 2016
Developing a preliminary model of the German Shepherd lumbosacral spine...

 Working Dog Centre Research Colloquium 
Friday 2 December 2016
Centre held its second research colloquium at Massey University ...

 Funded research projects (2016)
Monday 17 October 2016
In 2016 the Centre has funded three new projects. The projects are focused  ...

 Andrew Worth Speaking Engagements
Monday 19 September 2016
Andrew Worth was invited to speak at the 2016 Australian Sheep Veterinarians Conference  ...

 Gazza, New Zealand Police dog
Monday 20 May 2016
The unfortunate death of Gazza, the Police dog shot while on duty in Porirua ...

 2015 Funding Decisions
Monday 30 Novemeber 2015
Thanks to our sponsors the Working Dog Centre is pleased to announce ...

 Working Dog Centre crosses the ditch
Monday 23 Novemeber 2015
Massey postgraduate student Nic Patterson working with researchers ...

Dogs in warfare  Dogs in warfare
Thursday 19 Novemeber 2015
Many people are aware that dogs have played an important role in detecting explosives ...

What makes a working dog excellent?  What makes a working dog excellent?
Wednesday 18 Novemeber 2015
The IVABS has funded a PhD project to investigate what makes a working dog...

 Andrew Worth awarded a PhD
Friday 6 Novemeber 2015
Andrew Worth has completed a PhD into Degenerative Orthopaedic disease as it affects working German Shepherd Poilce dogs...

 VetEnt donation boosts Working Dog Centre
Monday 13 April 2015
Veterinary group VetEnt has made a significant donation to Massey’s Working Dog Centre...

 A survey of dogs in the South Island of New Zealand for prevalence of positive MAT titres to Leptospirosis and urine shedding of Leptospira organisms
Thursday 19 March 2015
Farmers are all aware of the significance of Leptospirosis in cattle, but...

 Kennel cough, what’s new?
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) or ‘kennel cough’, is a disease of multifactorial aetiology especially affecting dogs housed intensively...

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