• International Canine Health Awards

International Canine Health Awards

ICHA 2016 recipients left to right: David Singleton, Steve Dean, Vernon Hill, Sir Duffield, Shirley Hill, Natalie Gibbons, Prof Mike Herrtage and Prof Holger Volk

The Kennel Club International Canine Health Awards recognise innovative researchers and veterinary scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs.

Underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill, Founders of Metro Bank and administrated by the Kennel Club, a significant prize fund is on offer for the winners of each award, making them an opportunity not to be missed by anyone working for the betterment of dog health. The objectives of the International Canine Health Awards are to recognise individuals who have helped improve dog health and inspire others.

The Kennel Club would like to thank all applicants for the 2016 awards. To learn about this year's winners, click here.

We will start taking applications in the next few months for the 2017 International Canine Health Awards. To register your interest and to receive a notification of when we will start taking applications please click here.

  • International Prize in Canine Health with prize fund of £40,000 for future projects - for outstanding contribution in the field of canine health and welfare in the world. The Award will be presented to someone who is currently involved in world class innovation but with much still to contribute. 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award with £10,000 Prize Fund - 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 - Postgraduate and Undergraduate - with a prize fund of £5,000 for the winner of each category to aid further education costs, the development of their careers, or to create or continue a project. The Award will be presented to an extraordinary student studying at a British veterinary school, who demonstrates the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and research in the field of dogs.
  • The 2016 awards were presented to Professor Holger Volk, Clinical Director of the RVC Small Animal Referral Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery; Professor Mike Herrtage, Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and Professor of Small Animal Medicine; University of Liverpool PhD student, David Singleton; and canine pathology undergraduate student, Natalie Gibbons.

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.

We are currently not taking applications for the 2017 awards. To register your interest and to receive a notification of when we will start taking applications please click here.

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