Working Dog Centre

Many valuable working dogs are lost to industry through diseases and work-specific injuries. The Working Dog Centre is unique in New Zealand. We seek to improve the health and working life of New Zealand working and service dogs by undertaking cutting-edge scientific investigations.

We are supported by industry sponsors and work closely with the Blind Foundation, New Zealand Police Force and Search and Rescue New Zealand.

Hand patting working farm dog

What is a working dog?

Many industries, including agriculture, the police, and handicap assistance, rely on working dogs. These dogs contribute to New Zealand’s economy, but little has been published on their health and welfare.

Golden Labrador puppy training to be a guide dog

Current research and publications 

Our current projects cover topics such as husbandry, nutrition and disease in working dogs and our team is widely published.


New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue dog team are the latest collaborator with the Working Dog Centre.

Our people

Our team combines the expertise of veterinarians from Massey University and private practice with researchers across disciplines including behaviour, welfare, medicine, epidemiology and surgery. 

Merial Ancare agreement with Massey University''s Working Dog Centre

Our supporters

Without our sponsors and supporters the the Centre would not exist. The three principal sponsors of the Centre are Royal Canin , VetEnt and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Contact us

We are based on Massey University's Turitea campus in Palmerston North. 

How you can help

Email us to find out more about how you can help the Centre for Working Dogs.

The Centre for Working Dogs is supported by          

Without our sponsors and supporters the Centre would not exist. 

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