Penn Vet Working Dog Center

About Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Serve as a consortium to unite programs that employ detection dogs to benefit society throughout the US and around the world.

Collect and analyze genetic, behavioral and physical data; and integrates the latest scientific information in order to optimize the success and well-being of detection dogs.

Prepare for future demands and facilitate research by developing a detection dog breeding/training program that will implement, test, and disseminate the
knowledge gained.

Our History:
Established in 2007, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs.
With the United States national security under constant threat from attacks, detection dogs are still the best tool that we have to detect and mitigate potential threats. Search dogs are also critical for the detection of victims of natural and man-made disasters.

Our goal is to increase collaborative research, scientific assessment, and shared knowledge and application of the newest scientific findings and veterinary expertise to optimize production of valuable detection dogs.


Training Intern

January 2018 - April 2018 Philadelphia, PA
“Everything was amazing. The people were awesome and I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything ”

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

September 2019 Philadelphia, PA
“You learn a lot about positive reinforcement and classical conditioning. ”
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