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Staff & Canines

Dr Wayne Severn


Drug and Substance Analyst,
ScentTECH Director,
Handler of K9 Nyx, &
Trainer of K9 Eos.

Wayne has over 25 years’ experience as a canine handler. 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.
Career Highlights
  • One of New Zealand's first certified Urban Search & Rescue Canine Search Specialists with New Zealand Task Force One.
  • Independently validated to international standards as a Drug Detection Dog Team with several canines.
  • ScentWork open trial judge.
  • K9 Nyx


    Validated Drug Detector Dog.
    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 at the age of ten weeks and commenced drug detection work at six months. She has attained Intermediate certification in tracking and obedience with Central Search Dogs and has passed her drug dog validation with handler Wayne. Nyx has already proved her abilities and has had numerous finds ranging in size from drug residue on a truck door handle through to a cannabis plantation.

    K9 Eos


    Trainee Detector Dog.
    Garsova Piper.

    Eos is the prodigy of Prety Miss Jakoso and Frodo od Janice and represent an old Czech GSD lineage. In the time she has been with ScentTECH she has proven to be a fun, lively and engaging dog but serious when required. Eos started training in obedience and tracking at the age of twelve weeks and shows great promise in the Detection Business. Eos will be trained by Wayne,