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Medical Detection Dogs

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Milton Keynes,  Bucks

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Medical Detection Dogs was co-founded in 2008 by Dr Claire Guest, a scientist and animal behaviour expert, and Dr John Church, a former orthopaedic surgeon.

Medical Detection Dogs carries out ground-breaking research to improve early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases using canine olfactory detection and trains medical alert assistance dogs that help people with complex life-threatening health conditions.

The charity is based in Buckinghamshire and works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and universities to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It has two main arms: cancer detection dogs and medical alert assistance dogs.

Cancer Detection Dogs are trained to detect the odour of volatile substances in urine or breath samples.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to assist individuals who manage complex medical conditions, such as diabetes, Addison’s, POT’s, narcolepsy and sever nut allergy on a day-to-day basis.

Iain Duncan Smith, Claire Guest and one of our Medical Alert Assistance clients, Carolyn, participated in the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC2 in March 2017 and you can see their report on the BBC website - click here to view it.

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The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on charitable donations.

Registered charity in England and Wales No. 1124533 and in Scotland No. SC044434


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall