Where dogs are used and sourced from

Where dogs are used and sourced from


Where dogs were sourced from for science in NZ annually

Source 2016 2017 2018 2019
Public sources 1,145 815 1,485 860
Commercial sources 20 5 8 0
From farms 0 0 1,013 14
Captured 0 0 0 0
Imported 6 0 0 0
Born during projects 73 3 3 0
Breeding unit  60 65 115 82
Total  1,304 888 2,624 956


  • Public sources: Public donations, animals obtained from a pound, a pet shop or other public sources. This includes privately owned pets which are ‘borrowed’ for the duration of the exercise (e.g. veterinary nurse training).
  • Commercial sources: Obtained from a commercial supplier of animals.
  • From farms: Farm animals obtained from a farm; the farm may be a commercial unit or belong to the institution. Animals such as a pet which happens to live on a farm or wild animals caught on farmland should not be included in this category.
  • Captured: Captured in the wild.
  • Imported: Imported into New Zealand from an overseas source.
  • Born during projects: Intended for offspring whose birth is part of the project, e.g. lambing or hatching studies.
  • Breeding unit: An institutional unit dedicated to breeding animals for manipulation.

The above definitions were taken from the Ministry for Primary Industries

Places that used dogs for science (2016-2018):

  • Ag Challenge 
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury 
  • Auckland University of technology
  • Auckland University 
  • Department of Conservation
  • Dermvetonline
  • Eastern Institute of Technology 
  • Massey University 
  • Medical Plus NZ 
  • NZ Association of Science Educators 
  • Otago Polytec
  • Practical CPD LTD
  • Southern Institute of Technology 
  • The University of Waikato 
  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology 
  • Unitec 
  • Universal College of Learning 
  • University of Waikato
  • Vet Nurse Plus
  • VetLearn 
  • Victoria University 
  • Waikato Institute of Technology
  • Wellington Institute of Technology 
  • Lincoln University 

The above is not a complete list, there are other organisations that use dogs but we don't get access to this information. 

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