Branch Presentations

ANZFSS WA Presentation

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Networking & refreshments available from 5:30 pm. Presentation to begin at 6:00 pm. 

Venue: Exhibition Space of Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley.

Scent specific search dogs and cadaver detection

The WA Branch of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society invites you to join us for our next branch meeting, to be held on Wednesday 21 February 2018, commencing at 5:30pm, and featuring a presentation by Di Bolger from Search Dogs Australia.  Venue permitting, Di will be joined by Bev Gould with her dog Drift and Glenn Gale with Hugo.  This promises to be an interesting and entertaining presentation and is not to be missed.  Information regarding the evening is included below:

About our presenters, in their own words:

I’m Di, my dog is a German Shepherd, my interest in a dog’s ability to locate missing people, indicate various scents etc. has been a 30+ year fascination. Raised in Melbourne suburbs, then moving to WA, my interest in dogs grew to where we are today. Manager of Search Dogs Australia Inc., President of Advanced Tracking Dogs Inc., member of German Shepherd Dog association, and Dogs West, along with a keen interest in forensics which led me to attending a lecture by Dr Paola Magni . So much work in other fields is being successfully utilised using a dog’s olfactory system and their ability to detect virtually any scent source. Search Dogs Australia is looking forward to a mutual benefit working with Paola and her students. Our aim is in expanding our scientific knowledge specifically in the area of scent detection of human remains. Who knows where this could lead.

My name is Bev and my dogs name is Drift. She is a 7 yr. old Weimaraner, a German gun dog, renown for tracking. I lived in country WA on a farm for 40 years before moving to Rockingham – hence my love of animals,   After moving to Rockingham I took up dog training – Tracking, obedience, agility, jumping and endurance.  On completion of Drift gaining her Grand Champion of Track and Search Titles under ANKC Regulations, I joined Search Dogs Australia – searching for lost and missing people and doing cadaver work.  Drift loves all of this work and I find it thoroughly astounding what these amazing dogs are capable of.

Hi we are Ruth and Glenn Gale, we have had 17 yrs experience with loving and training our Weimaraners, who we had from 8 weeks and 17 weeks. We did obedience training with both and knew how much they love to please and how smart they are. Bella and Theo lived to grand ages of 15 yrs 9 mths and 14 yrs 6 mths. Our house was very quiet for a year. We decided to welcome another guy into our lives and knew what had been achieved with Drift, we decided to try tracking. Hugo has been training for only 4 weeks and is picking things up really quickly. We look forward to seeing him follow in his grandmother Drift’s footsteps.


A summary of the event details is as follows:

When: Wednesday 21 February 2018, networking from 5:30pm.

Where: Exhibition Space, Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley.

RSVP: Essential for catering purposes.

Please click here to register through the ANZFSS Event Page (necessary for catering purposes).