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Melissa Ellis

HRD Instructor

Melissa is currently an explosives detection dog trainer/instructor/evaluator for the Department of Homeland Security and also acts as a Dogs for Conservation K9 trainer. She also serves as an independent cadaver detection K9 Trainer/Handler and has been deployed many times in Texas under TEXSAR.


  • 250+ SAR deployments over 13 years of cadaver dog detection throughout the U.S. & internationally (Iraq, Jamaica, Aruba).
  • Thirteen years experience training detection dogs & handlers (both civilian & law enforcement) for SAR (2 personal K9s in live & cadaver), explosives (18 K9s), narcotics (3 K9s), bed bugs (60 K9s), duck eggs (2 K9s), viruses (1K9), & snails (1 K9).
  • Former LATF-1 lead cadaver disaster trainer.
  • Recertified annually for the past 12 years with national law enforcement organizations (USPCA, IPWDA & NNDDA) for cadaver detection.