International Canine Health Awards - One week left to nominate

There is only one week left to nominate a deserving candidate for the prestigious International Canine Health Awards as the November 22nd deadline looms.

The inaugural International Canine Health Awards attracted illustrious candidates from around the world, with Dr Elaine Ostrander and Dr Gustavo Aguirre among the first ever winners of the awards. There is only one week left for nominations as the prestigious awards return for a second year.

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).

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.

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."

Two categories are open internationally to celebrate work and dedicated individuals that have made significant advancements to dog health: the International Prize in Canine Health and the Lifetime Achievement Award. 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.

A third category, Student Inspiration Award, is specifically for individuals studying at a British veterinary school who have shown the greatest potential to advance canine health and welfare.

The closing date for the awards is November 22nd 2013 (deadline extended), and nominations are sought in the following categories, with details of last year's award winning candidates:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award with £10,000 Prize Fund - Dr Elaine Ostrander, a gifted and visionary American scientist, was chosen as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for her ground-breaking work in the field of canine genomics where she is recognised as the world's foremost authority.
  • International Prize in Canine Health with prize fund of £40,000 for future projects - Dr. Aguirre is a world-leading Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His distinguished career in dog health has resulted in life changing medical treatments in the field of ophthalmology for both dogs and humans.  As winner of the International Prize in Canine Health Dr. Aguirre's research interests include molecular basis of inherited eye diseases, and developing DNA-based tests for their control.
  • 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 - Emily Milodowski, who ranks in the top three of her cohort of 105 students in her year at University, was chosen as the winner of the Student Inspiration Award last year. Her previous work on the prevalence and distribution of the bacteria, Campylobacter, in the canine intestine led to her being awarded the £10,000 prize to fund her future work into wound healing.

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.

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