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Medical Detection Dogs works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and universities to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease.

Neil Ogilvie and Steve Purdy from TCL Group, one of our South East Regional Members, were given the opportunity to visit the Medical Detection Dogs centre in Milton Keynes.

The charity was co-founded in 2008.

It has two main arms:

- Bio detection dogs

- Medical alert assistance dogs

Bio detection dogs are trained predominantly to detect the odour of cancer. Their highly sensitive noses are capable of picking up the smell of cancer volatiles in urine or breath samples.


Medical alert assistance dogs are trained to assist individuals who manage complex medical conditi ons, such as diabetes, on a day-to-day basis. The dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with certainmedical events, such as a drop in blood sugar level.

Neil and Steve met a couple of diabetic patients who have dogs in their homes to help them detect signs and prevent them from going into a diabetic coma.

Neil said: " Medical Detection Dogs does a fantastic job and relies entirely on charitable donations. This was a fascinating visit and seeing the dogs in action and understanding how they can help is unbelievable. The PDA is very proud to have been given this opportunity" 

To find out more about the Medical Detection Dogs, support their action or sponsor a puppy, please visit: https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/