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Nominations Sought For International Canine Health Awards

16 October 2013    15:00
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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 categories:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award - presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine health.
  • 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 or by post at Fay Moore, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.

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Notes to Editors

To nominate yourself or another individual for the international and life time achievement awards, you need to submit:

  • 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 health.

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 convenient bank.

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 Award
  • 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
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