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Meet Charlotte Carlisle

Charlotte Carlisle has been a member of the Young Kennel Club for the past nine years. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience with the YKC and her fascinating work with medical detection dogs.

How long have you been a member of the YKC? 

I have been a member of the YKC for about nine years now and I have made so many friends through the YKC and also great memories of YKC summer camps.

How did you get involved in the world of dogs? 

The YKC introduced me to agility and I have gone on to be part of the Junior GB team that went to Luxembourg. I have also competed at Crufts numerous times with my Spaniel Whispa. I got my Border Collie, Deefa, from fellow YKC member Paige Jepson.

What do you do for training? 

I train agility at my dog club, Rugby Dog Training Club. I am a volunteer trainer at Rugby DTC and YKC members may have seen me training agility at East of England and Newark.

Where do you work? 

Medical Detection Dogs.

What do you do there? 

I am the Health and Welfare Assistant. We train dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria. We help aid research to develop an early, non-invasive diagnosis of diseases such as prostate cancer. We also train medical alert assistance dogs, who alert clients which conditions such as type 1 diabetes with hypo unawareness, based on odour. At work we are now starting training of covid-19 detection dogs! It is amazing to be part of this charity and get to work with these life saving dogs.

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