Welcome to the COVID-19 Detection Dogs Study

Investigating whether bio-detection dogs can be trained to detect the odour of COVID-19 infection on humans.




The ARCTEC team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University are working on a study to train dogs to identify unique odours associated with coronavirus infection.


Who we are


Meet the interdisciplinary group of researchers involved in this exciting study, all of whom have extensive experience working with volatile compounds and human infection.


Meet the dogs


Meet the six dogs that could soon be trained to detect if someone has COVID-19 and play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future.


Why use dogs?


Dogs are great biosensors, capable of detecting odours associated with drugs, explosives, and food and are now being used in practice for public health to detect diseases such as malaria.


Volunteer for the study


We're asking members of the public who have very recently had a swab test for COVID-19 to provide body and breath odour samples for the study. Can you help?