International Canine Health Awards

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Information for the 2014 Awards will be available later this year.

This year's inaugural International Canine Health Awards attracted illustrious candidates from around the world. The remarkable Dr Elaine Ostrander, Dr Gustavo Aguirre and Emily Milodowski were the first ever winners of the awards and now nominations are being sought as the prestigious awards return for a second year.

Run 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, making them an opportunity not to be missed by anyone working for the betterment of dog health.

Here is the list of awards being made available together with the award winners from last year. We hope this provides inspiration to make that important nomination and vital prize fund to continue this amazing work.

  • 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 - a CV and five references will be required. 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 - a CV and five references will be required. The Award will be presented to someone who has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine health. 
  • Student Inspiration Awards with a prize fund of £10,000 for the winner and two runner up prize funds of £5,000 each to aid further education costs, the development of their careers, or to create or continue a project. A completed application form, an abstract of their research project, a CV (or CV of the nominated leader if it is a group research project) and a letter of recommendation from their faculty or research centre will be required. 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.

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 sent to, Fay Moore via email at or by post at Fay Moore, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB. Please download the Student Inspiration Award here.

Following the high calibre of the nominations for the first year of the competition, 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 inspire others. As the awards return for their second 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 for the second year in a row, to fund research that may transform canine health by encouraging the same visionary thinking and innovation that Metro Bank champions. At Metro Bank, 'Dogs Rule'."

Further information about the International Canine Health Awards is available here (PDF).

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