News: sniffer dogs
A team of detector dogs trained by the University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s northern suburbs to screen for COVID-19 to help keep patients safe.
Our most loyal companions could soon be among our most valuable frontline health workers.
Six dogs, including four Australian Border Force (ABF) detector dogs, one South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) dog and one dog from the University of Adelaide (gifted by the ABF), have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19.
14 dogs have begun their training at the University of Adelaide, and at the Australian Border Force’s (ABF) National Detector Dog Program Facility in Victoria, as part of a joint venture into determining the feasibility of training COVID-19 detector dogs. The results from the trials are expected to be published in early 2021 and will inform whether trials in the community should be undertaken as the next phase.