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Staff & Canines

Staff and Canines

Dr Wayne Severn

Canine Search Specialist,
Drug and Substance Analyst,
ScentTECH Director &
Handler of K9 Nyx

Wayne has over 25 years’ experience as a canine handler. The highlights of his career include being one of New Zealand's first certified Urban Search & Rescue Canine Search Specialists with New Zealand Task Force 1 and validation as a Drug Detection Dog Team with a number of canines. His present canine partner is Nyx. Having a PhD in Chemistry, Wayne uses his scientific knowledge and expertise in canine olfaction to advance the usefulness of trained detection dogs into non-traditional situations, especially the detection of illicit drugs.

email: Wayne@ScentTECH

K9 Nyx

Validated Drug Detector Dog

Nyx (Garsova Gidget)

Coming from strong Czech working German Shepherd Lines, Nyx is a high drive dog with a strong work ethic and is motivated to please her handler. Nyx started training in detection work and tracking at the age of ten weeks and commenced training in drug detection at six months. Nyx has attained certification in tracking and obedience and has passed her drug dog validation with handler Wayne. She has already proved her abilities and has had numerous finds including residue on a truck door handle through to a major quantity found in a workplace.

email: K9 Nyx@ScentTECH