The Penn Vet Working Dog Center, widely recognized as the nation’s premier research and training facility dedicated to the health and performance of detection dogs, will celebrate its five-year anniversary on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m. at 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue.
The ceremony will take place at the Pennovation Center, with live demonstrations held at the Working Dog Center (WDC). During the ceremony, speakers including Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks; Cindy Otto, executive director of the WDC; and Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety at Penn, will reflect on past, present, and future endeavors of the Center.
“It is hard to believe that just five years ago we were embarking on a little experiment to see if we could create a research and training center for detection dogs,” said Dr. Otto. “Now, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center is widely recognized as a national resource for research, education, and care of working dogs, and we feel great pride that some of our incredible graduates are working to keep our country healthy and safe.”
Looking to the next five years, the Working Dog Center envisions becoming a National Center of Excellence for Detection Dogs, extending the reach of research collaborations and education, and continuing to discover new knowledge to support working dogs.
In addition, the Working Dog Center plans to establish a national working dog breeding cooperative, in an effort to find solutions to the challenge of ensuring the availability of the healthiest and most effective detection dogs to serve our country.
For more info, visit www.pennvetwdc.org