North Carolina State University veterinary surgeon awarded international award for innovation in canine health

Dr Duncan Lascelles, a gifted veterinary surgeon, teacher and researcher, who has dedicated his career to improving the medical care of canine patients, is the winner of the International Achievement category of the 2022 International Canine Health Awards.

Dr Lascelles is based at North Carolina State University, where he is the Dr. J. McNeely and Lynne K. DuBose Distinguished Professor of Musculoskeletal Health and Professor of Translational Pain Research and Management. He specialises in pain recognition, control and management in the medical care of dogs, which are vital in determining a dog’s quality of life. Dr Lascelles has spent over 25 years focusing on developing better ways to measure chronic pain in dogs and to identify the best courses of treatment. Through discovery of the drivers of pain, meticulously refining the optimal therapeutic approaches and assessing the effectiveness of drug and non-drug pain management in clinical studies, Dr Lascelles has contributed hugely to improving the health and welfare of our beloved canine companions.

The widely esteemed International Canine Health Awards have been running for ten years, highlighting a decade of innovation and advancements for transforming the health and wellbeing of dogs around the world. Organised and run by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust with a major financial gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, the awards were launched to support and highlight those individuals who are committed to undertaking quality research to improve canine health. Applications for the awards are judged by a panel of independent and eminent international veterinarians and scientists. The awards will be presented via a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 28 September, 15.00 BST, with further details available to those who register their interest.

On hearing of his success as winner of the International Achievement Award, Dr Lascelles said: “I was really taken aback when I heard I was the recipient of this award and absolutely delighted that the importance of pain recognition and management has been recognised by such a prestigious organisation, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, through this incredible award. It is wonderful to have my lifetime passion acknowledged in this way.

“The research we have been doing has been a collaborative team effort, and always focused on actually making a difference to clinical practice, and I plan to continue the work we do! This generous award, made possible by the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, will allow us to kick start some highly innovative and impactful work that will lead us toward breed-specific and individualised pain management. Stay tuned!”

This year, the International Canine Health Awards are recognising five winners in the following categories: the International Award with a prize of £40,000; the Lifetime Achievement Award with a prize of £10,000; the two Student Inspiration Awards, undergraduate and postgraduate with a prize of £10,000 for the postgraduate and £5,000 for the undergraduate winners; and The Kennel Club’s Breed Health Co-ordinator Prize - the winner of which receives £5,000.

Dr Andrew Higgins, Chairman of the International Canine Health Awards panel and trustee of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust which organises the awards said: “The specialist work of Dr Duncan Lascelles is truly inspiring. I would like to congratulate him on the quality of his work that has led to winning the International Achievement Award 2022. I have no doubt that many dogs and their owners’ lives will be forever changed by the advancements his research has had on managing pain.”

Vernon Hill, whose major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation underwrites the awards, said: “Dr Duncan Lascelles should be extremely proud of his successes that have led him to becoming the latest recipient of the International Achievement award. The wellbeing and quality of life of our dogs is at the forefront of owners' minds and Duncan’s work in helping with canine pain will be a lifeline for so many.”

Find out more about the International Canine Health Awards.