Nominations Sought For International Canine Health Awards

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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