Medical Detection Dogs 
Some of the world’s most powerful bio sensors, with fluffy coats and waggy tails, live on your doorstep and need homes while they undergo their training. If you’re interested in giving them board, lodgings and cuddles while they learn how to save lives, read on… 
 
The world leading charity, Medical Detection Dogs, trains dogs to save lives using their amazing sense of smell and is based next door in Milton Keynes. 
 
Bio Detection Dogs learn the odour of diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria in the charity’s training centre and this work will lead to early, less invasive diagnosis of some of the world’s biggest killers. 
 
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work with individuals with complex health conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, POTS and severe allergies, giving them a 5-10 minute warning that a medical crisis is about to happen. Clients have no awareness that their condition is about to take hold, but the dogs detect a change in their odour. Their hairy lifesavers prevent injury, emergency services callouts and hospital admissions and give them back their independence and confidence. 
 
Most recently, the charity has been training dogs to detect COVID-19 as a wet-nosed line of defence against the virus. The first phase of the project proved that dogs can detect the odour with an accuracy of up to 94% - significantly higher than the other immediate testing method, the LFT. The dogs are now screening people in real world settings such as workplaces, conferences and events as part of their training and the project is at it’s final validation stage. It only takes a second and there is no need for an unpleasant swab. We know which we’d prefer… 
 
The charity is appealing to its nearby community for volunteer socialisers to look after the young dogs while they are trained. Claire Baker, Volunteer Manager would love to hear from you if you would like to give one of their beautiful puppies or younger dogs a caring and loving home. 
 
She says: “The charity is proud to have a no kennel policy and it is very important to us that our dogs live in a loving home environment before being partnered with a client or work as a Bio Detection dog. Without the help of our wonderful volunteer puppy and dog socialisers and fosterers we wouldn’t be able to train our life-saving dogs. This unique role involves attending regular puppy classes, following positive dog training methods and taking the dog to visit lots of different environments. You will need to be at home most of the day and be able to travel to our Centre in Great Horwood on a regular basis”. 
 
If you might be interested in hearing more please email volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 
 
 
 
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