Medical detection using dogs with Cynthia Otto


In the 100th episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, shares her experience working with and training medical detection dogs

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The Vet Blast Podcasts celebrates 100 episodes with the one and only Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR. In this episode, she teaches Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, all about medical detection dogs.

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Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR: ...Ovarian cancer detection has been a big project that we've worked on. We've worked on what we call biofilm infections. So, Staph aureus biofilm. Typically, these are kinds of infections that affect implants...We have also worked on a cancer called sinonasal inverted papilloma, which is a very unusual one. We have worked on COVID. There are plenty of other groups that have worked on breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, people have worked on Parkinson's, tuberculosis...the list keeps going on and on. It seems like there's probably very little limit to what the dogs are able to detect a signature from. And probably the biggest limit is our ability to train them and make sure we're doing the best job possible.

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