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Do you wish to raise a puppy for science?
Want to be part of our innovative program to train assistance dogs for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at La Trobe University’s Bendigo or Bundoora campus?

We are partnering with the Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs of Australia to evaluate a puppy raising program based at La Trobe University. You are invited to participate in this project if you are over the age of 18 and are a continuing staff or student member of the community. You are invited to adopt a puppy for around 12 months, helping train the four-legged furball to become a mental health assistance dog.

Are you interested in joining the ARG team?
For more than 50 years, La Trobe University has been one of Australia’s leading institutes, renowned for its academic excellence and research achievements.

At La Trobe’s Anthrozoology Research Group, we study the human-animal relationship across a number of fields, including psychology, ethology, zoology, and veterinary science. Our interests include, but are not limited to, the benefits of interacting with animals, the use of dogs in conservation work, dog cognition and behaviour, and puppy development.

If you are interested in studying with the Anthrozoology Research Group, please send us an inquiry at:


La Trobe University is a public research university based in Victoria, Australia. Established in 1964, La Trobe University now accommodates over 36,000 students and operates across regional and rural campuses.