Pauline Blomfield

Pauline Blomfield

Founder and CEO of K9 Medical Detection NZ

Pauline has owned and trained dogs for over 40 years. She taught advanced dog obedience for 20 years and was awarded life membership for her work. She is a strong dog safety advocate and has published 3 children’s dog safety books. Pauline has a special interest in canine genetics and behaviour. She has trained in canine scent work and has been involved in canine therapy in rest homes, hospitals and hospice. Pauline is also the winner of the prestigious Otago Hall of Fame Innovation award.

Pauline’s understanding of the incredible sensory abilities of canines led to her creating K9 Medical Detection New Zealand Charitable Trust. The use of dogs as a diagnostic tool for the early non-invasive detection of cancer and other diseases has been embraced by The University of Otago and Pauline has brought together a full specialist clinical support team. K9 Medical Detection NZ has their training centre at AgResearch Invermay in Dunedin. Currently (January 2021) two dogs are being trained for the early detection of bowel cancer and two dogs are being trained for the early detection of prostate cancer.