AU receives homeland security contract for dog detection

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has won a US Department of Homeland Security contract to increase science in canine detection. The contract with DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate is worth $24 million and will last 5 years.

"Auburn has long been recognized for its world-class detection canine sciences research, and this funding from the Department of Homeland Security will allow significant enhancement and expansion of this critically important work," said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development at Auburn University.

The move comes after Auburn recently created an interdisciplinary program called Detection Canine Sciences, Innovation, Technology and Education (DCSITE) which will be the home of the DHS effort. 

"Our DCSITE program will promote continual improvement and best practices for domestic production of detection canines to respond to evolving Homeland Security priorities," said Frank Bartol, associate dean for research and graduate studies of the College of Veterinary Medicine and DCSITE program project investigator. “It will foster technological innovation, sharpen responsiveness to emerging threats, create formal educational programs and provide a centralized hub for expertise and knowledge in the field of canine detection.”

The university-government cooperative program will bring together DCSITE’s efforts to set out evidence-based standards of practice. The program is expected to be based on knowledge and learnings in veterinary medicine, sports medicine, olfactory neuroscience, behavior and cognition, genetics, and other areas.

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