After a successful inaugural year, the International Canine
Health Awards are returning to celebrate the world's finest
researchers and scientists in canine health.
Nominations are currently being sought for the prestigious
awards, which are run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and
include substantial cash prizes donated by Vernon and Shirley Hill
of Metro Bank. They will be awarded at the world's biggest dog
show, Crufts, at the NEC, Birmingham in March 2014 and are the
largest veterinary awards in Europe.
With a prize fund totalling £60,000, the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust is urging people to nominate deserving candidates by the
deadline of November 22nd (deadline extended).
The International Canine Health Awards feature two categories
open world-wide to celebrate work by dedicated individuals
which has made significant advancements to dog health: the
International Prize in Canine Health and the Lifetime Achievement
Award. A third category is open only to students studying at a
British veterinary university who have shown the greatest potential
to advance canine health and welfare.
Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust
said: "Following the high calibre of the nominations for the first
year of the competition, we at the Kennel Club Charitable Trust are
eagerly awaiting this year's nominations.
"Last year's winners, Dr Elaine Ostrander, Dr Gustavo Aguirre
and student, Emily Milodowski all thoroughly encompassed the ethos
of the awards; their work revolutionising dog health and ensuring
the prize money will go a long way to help dogs in the future. In
this year's nominees we are again looking for people who are
passionate about helping improve the future of dog health and I am
sure we will not be disappointed."
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
succession, to fund research that helps transform canine health by
encouraging the same visionary thinking and innovation that Metro
Bank champions. At Metro Bank, 'Dogs Rule'."
The closing date for the awards is November 22nd 2013 (deadline
extended), and nominations are sought in the following
- The Lifetime Achievement Award - presented to an individual who
has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine
- The International Prize in Canine Health Award - presented to
an individual currently involved in world class innovation but with
much still to contribute.
- The Student Inspiration Award - specifically for individuals
who have shown the greatest potential to advance canine health and
welfare studying at a British veterinary school.
The awards will be judged by representatives from the veterinary
profession and the world of scientific research, including experts
in the nominees' selected fields.
To nominate one or more individuals for these awards, please
contact Fay Moore via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post at Fay Moore, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, 1-5
Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.
For further information,
To nominate yourself or another individual for the
international and life time achievement awards, you need to
- A current CV of the applicant
- A letter of recommendation
To nominate yourself or another individual for the student
award you need to submit:
- A current CV of the student
- A letter of recommendation
- An evaluation of the student's academic progress, perceived
potential and commitment
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to
dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that
dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
It runs the country's largest registration database for both
pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the
UK's biggest reunification service for microchipped animals. The
Kennel Club is accredited by UKAS to certify members of its Assured
Breeder Scheme, which is the only scheme in the UK that monitors
breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding
bitches. It also runs the UK's largest dog training programme, the
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs
across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond
and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world's
greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls
Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people
about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.
The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and
education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which
supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities,
including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs
throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening
schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the
Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the
Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering
research into dog health. The new Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the
Animal Health Trust will contribute to the AHT's well-established
cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog
Vernon and Shirley Hill
Vernon and Shirley Hill are the founders of Metro Bank,
Britain's first new retail bank in over 100 years, now serving
Metro London with 11 stores, growing to 200. Vernon Hill was
also the founder and chairman of Commerce Bank, America's most
The Hills and Sir Duffield, their Yorkshire Terrier, have a deep
commitment to the veterinary community including:
- Sponsorship of The University of Pennsylvania World Veterinary
- Sponsorship of The Hill Pavilion at The University of
Pennsylvania Veterinary School
- Vernon is Chairman of Petplan America
- Ongoing support of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home