Celebrating 50 Years – NSARDA Conference 18-20th September 2015

NSARDA Celebrating 50 Years of Search and Rescue Dogs

‘The Life of a Trained Search Dog’

The NSARDA Conference takes place from the evening of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September 2015

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Draft Programme:

Friday       18th September                                          Dining Hall (DH)                       Early bird Hot-Pot supper from 19.30hrs

Saturday   19th September

      Time        Speaker/Activity                  Location                                    Details

09.00       Arrive and register                 Main Lecture Hall (MLH)            Refreshments available

09.30       Harold Burrows                     MLH                                            Welcome and introduction

09.45       Claire Arrowsmith                  MLH                                           The early days

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

10.45       Tea/coffee                              Trade Hall (TH)

11.15       Chris Mancini                         MLH                                           Planning continued training for dog and handler

Chair person APDT UK

11.45       Lunch break                           TH                                             Opportunity to network                                                                                                                                                        and visit trade stands

13.30       David Ryan                            MLH                                          When things don’t go to plan
Clinical Animal Behaviourist, author and lecturer

14.30       Tea/coffee                              TH

15.00       Dr Christine Schuler MD        MLH                                          Odorologie

German forensic scientist

16.00       Malcolm and Joy Grindrod     MLH                                          Then and Now – 50 years

17.00       Trade stands                          TH                                             available until 18.00

19.00       Conference Dinner                 Dining Hall (DH)                       Dress: smart casual



07.30 Breakfast                                      DH                                            Finish 08.30

09.00       Iain Nicholson                        MLH                                          Trailing


09.00                                                      Practical demos                        outside location

‘Training the Trainers’

10.00       Tea/coffee                              TH                                             Trade stands available

10.30       Neil Powell                             MLH                                          Drowned victims


10.30       Practical demos (repeat)                                                         outside location
‘Training the Trainers’

11.30       Andy Colau                             MLH                                          Avalanche training

12.30       close

13.00 – 13.30 lunch                               DH


Speakers include:

  • David Montgomery: The psychology of canine learning
  • Lorna Irish. ‘The identification and quantification of gaseous products in relation to cadaver dog efficiency
  • Peter Cross BSc (Hons), MSc, MSB, MFSSoc: Forensic Anthropology
  • Keith Warwick: Setting up a Search Dog Group in South Korea
  • Chief Trainer – Warrant Officers Kev Gavin & Alfie Bass from the Royal Army Veterinary Corp supported by the Commanding Officer of the Defence Animal Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Pope and Major S.J. Leavis
  • Ken Stirk. Animal nutrition expert working with Oscar Pet Foods (NSARDA Sponsor) talking about the latest and exciting product innovations
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