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International Canine Health Awards


Now in their third year, The International Canine Health Awards have attracted illustrious candidates from around the world and through the generous prize money have supported further research to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs. Nominations are being sought as the prestigious awards return in 2015.

Administered  by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill, Founders of Metro Bank, the International Canine Health Awards recognise innovative researchers and veterinary scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs. A significant prize fund is on offer for the winners of each award, representing  an opportunity not to be missed by anyone working for the betterment of dog health.

Here is the list of awards being made available. We hope this provides inspiration to make that important nomination and secure the vital prize fund to continue this amazing work.

  • International Prize in Canine Health - £40,000

This prize fund is dedicated to finance future projects and to reward the winner's outstanding contribution in the field of canine health and welfare. The Award will be presented to someone who is currently involved in world class innovation but with much still to contribute.  

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - £10,000

Prize fund to reward a veterinarian or scientist working in a related discipline who has dedicated much of their career to advancing the health of dogs. The Award will be presented to someone who has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine health. 

  • Student Inspiration Awards - £5,000 (x2)

This prize fund will be spilt into Undergraduate and Postgraduate, with a prize fund of £5,000 for each winner. This prize will aid further education costs, the development of their careers, or to create or continue a project. The Awards will be presented to  extraordinary students studying at a British veterinary school, who demonstrate the potential  significantly to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and research in the field of dogs.

How to apply

The awards will be judged by representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research, including experts in the nominees' selected fields. All nominations should be made via the online application form. Please note that paper applications will not be accepted. If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Fay Moore via email at fay.moore@thekennelclub.org.uk.

The closing date for nominations is 6th April 2015.

Why apply

Following the high calibre of the nominations in previous years, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust is eagerly awaiting this year's nominations. The objectives of the International Canine Health Awards are to recognise individuals who have helped improve dog health and to inspire others.

As the awards return for their third year, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, is urging people to submit nominations to help achieve the objectives: "In the past few years alone, we have made huge strides in improving canine health, and there are numerous people out there who continue to work on projects that will give our dogs a healthier future. We want to make sure that these people are recognised and acknowledged. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has a long history of supporting work that helps to improve dog health. Thanks to the generous funding from  Vernon and Shirley Hill, the International Canine Health Awards go a step further, honouring and rewarding the work of specific individuals."

Vernon Hill, Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank and whose major gift underwrites the International Canine Health Awards, said: "We are proud to support these important awards again, to fund research that may transform canine and human health by encouraging the same visionary thinking and innovation that Metro Bank champions. At Metro Bank, 'Dogs Rule'."

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