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College of Veterinary Medicine Renames Detector Dog Program to Canine Performance Sciences

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698,

Auburn, Alabama —

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s program recognized as a national research and development center for detection dogs has changes its name to Canine Performance Sciences to reflect the scope of the program’s mission.

Canine Performances Sciences more clearly recognizes the work of 12 scientists, trainers and other staff members in developing and applying research to increase the performance of working dogs.

Canine Performance Sciences researchers continue groundbreaking research efforts in olfaction and detection, as well as in veterinary sports medicine and canine breeding. The program is a national leader in understanding the physical, physiological and psychological needs of athletic and working animals and the benefits that exercise can have on their general health. Their work includes the internationally-known, patent-pending VAPOR WAKE® technology, licensed through the Auburn Research Technology Foundation for delivery by AMK9 Academy to expand its employment in defense of the nation and society.

“The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has invested years of research in developing a strong and versatile detection program in the fight against terrorism,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “This new name reflects that work.”

The detector dog program has operated under the title Animal Health and Performance since 2009, said Dr. James Floyd, interim director of the program. “As the program grew and evolved it became clear that we needed to rename it to better describe what it actually does.”

 “Our research scientists, with degrees in behavioral psychology, exercise physiology and biomechanics, work with canine trainers with decades of international experience to improve the performance of dogs,” Floyd said. “These working dogs senses are used to detect explosives, invasive or endangered species, and a variety of other substances and operate across a wide range of challenging environments.

“We work with dogs, we employ rigorous scientific methods, and we strive to improve canine performance wherever they are.”

The program’s mission statement is: Through research, teaching and outreach, the Canine Performance Sciences program continually improves animal detection science and technology to serve and defend the nation and society.

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