Beth O'Donnell of Year 12 VCAL will be completing her work experience with the Detector Dog unit of Australian Customs.
Beth was able to arrange a visit by officers and puppies from the Detector Dog program to the College on Thursday 17th July.
Several groups of students and staff were able to learn about the Bredding and Puppy Development program and of course play with the puppies.
Since the development of the National Breeding and Development Centre in 1996, over 2,000 labrador puppies have been born. Some go to New Zealand Customs, Australian Federal Police, the Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Police, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, State and Territory Police and Singapore Police. The dogs are deployed in a variety of fields including arson detection, food detection and explosives and firearms detection.
Puppies go to foster families to be cared for in homes for about 12 months. During this time they not onl;y receive love and nurturing but much needed socialisation and development for the puppies to reach their potential. All food, medical and associated costs are covered by Customs and Border Protection.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster family,call 1800 664 106 or visit their website.