15 years of Dogs Saving Lives
Medical Detection Dogs uses the amazing power of the dog’s nose to detect human diseases. Our research is based on the dog’s ability to detect minute odour traces created by diseases.
I used to train cancer detection dogs in my dining room, that’s where Daisy started her training as a pup. Medical Alert Assistance Dog Programme Manager, Simone used to get samples from the bottom drawer of the freezer for preparation and come through the kitchen with a tray. Back then neither Simone or I knew where it might lead, but not many people came to dinner.
The charity has come a long way since those days. Read more below from some of the people involved in Medical Detection Dogs, our history and how it all began in 2008 and ways that you can help us celebrate in this special 15th Anniversary year.
I hope that we can count on your ongoing support for the future.
As HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, our Patron, said in the tenth anniversary brochure
Mario Testino ©
Click on the + to hear from some of the people who have helped us along the way
Charity Co-Founder John Church believed dogs could detect Cancer
One of my key contributions to the dog training was being privileged to put together the team for the ‘Cancer Detection’ proof of principle study which was, not only so successful but presented so well in the British Medical Journal, in 2004. Another highlight was the first International Biodetection Conference held in my alma mater, Emmanuel College Cambridge, in September 2015.
We lead the world in this extraordinary venture, and there are great prospects for the future.
John Guest - President
However, we had much to learn. Having a great idea is one thing but turning it into a practical proposition is quite another. Research is a rigorous and long drawn out activity and real practical results take an enormous amount of time to achieve. Also research is a highly competitive area. Not everyone welcomes you on the scene particularly if they are themselves struggling. But most of all you have to learn that although there are charity funds available the competition for those funds is vast. For years Medical Detection Dogs was struggling and struggling hard.
You will not be surprised therefore to learn that reaching the 10 year anniversary of what is now, a strong and effective charity, causes me great pleasure and indeed to heave a big sigh of relief! We are regarded as world leaders in the field and world involvement is high. We have created a virtual whirlwind of activity with very strong media interest. We are making great progress and if we are fortunate in obtaining generous donations can progress even more.
As for my involvement I am one of several who got the charity off the ground and I am delighted that I managed to help get the charity over a few hurdles. The rewards are sweet – the greatest feeling is the satisfaction of having helped a massively worthy cause.