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Deadline Approaching For 2023 International Canine Health Awards Nominations

1 year ago

10th January, 2023 08h59

The Kennel Club

Final call to leading veterinary professionals, scientists, students and researchers, as nominations for the world’s largest international awards in canine research, health and welfare will be closing at the end of January. The International Canine Health Awards, organised by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, will be accepting applications for the 2023 awards only until 31 January for those wishing to nominate themselves or a colleague.

The awards have been running for over a decade and in 2023 the prize money available has more than doubled. Applications can be made across five award categories and one winner will be selected by an independent, international panel of eminent judges, renowned for their work in the veterinary and scientific fields.

For 2023, excellence is paramount but the judges will be particularly interested to receive applications where there is a focus on One-Health. With the awards aiming to improve lives of dogs across the globe, the panel welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to advancing canine medicine in developing nations.

The five awards now open for entries are as follows:

Dr Andrew Higgins, Chairman of the International Canine Health Awards panel and trustee of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust which runs the awards, said: “The prestigious International Canine Health awards have been fostering and supporting development in the canine research and veterinary field for over ten years now, and offers some of the largest veterinary prizes in the world. The wonderful support of the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation continues to make a monumental difference in encouraging scientific knowledge and actively promoting canine health.

“Every year we get an incredible range of nominations from veterinarians and scientists who explore diverse aspects of dog health and welfare. We are looking for applications from across the world and the judges will be looking for scientific excellence and a proven commitment to improving dog health and welfare.”

Vernon Hill, founder of the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, whose major gift underwrites the awards, said: “Our foundation is pleased to announce the doubling of financial support for these distinguished international awards in 2023, so continuing to improve the lives of our canine companions across the globe. This year we are delighted that the awards wish to highlight how investment in canine health research can also often benefit human health. After all, dogs help humans so much both in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing.

“We are always proud to hear of the impact the prize funds have in helping support and celebrate the inspiring and talented people who are committing their lives to make sure every dog lives their best life.”

Further information and nomination forms for the 2023 awards can be found on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website at All nomination forms must be completed and submitted by the 31 January 2023.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact The Kennel Club via the Contact Form linked.

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