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2023 International Canine Health Award winners

2023 International Canine Health Award winners

Nominations Open For Prestigious International Veterinary Awards

6 months ago

15th November, 2023 11h31

The Kennel Club

The world’s largest international awards recognising excellence in canine research, health and welfare are welcoming nominations for the 2024 awards from leading veterinary professionals, scientists, students and researchers working to help dogs.

Organised by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, the International Canine Health Awards are returning for their 12th year. Five award categories are open for individuals to nominate themselves, or a colleague, who can demonstrate the values of the awards and display excellence in their work to advance canine health.

The renowned awards are intended to inspire and support scientific innovation to improve the lives of dogs through generous prize money of over $180,000, making the impact of the awards even greater in accelerating improvements and understanding of canine health and welfare across the globe.

For 2024, the independent and international panel of judges, with expertise across a range of research sectors, will be particularly seeking to reward applications of individuals that demonstrate a commitment to the unifying One-Health approach, for the benefit of both humans and dogs.

All nominations must be submitted before the 31 January 2024 by completing the application form on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website.

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: “We are proud to be opening nominations for the prestigious International Canine Health awards once again. The incredible support by the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, which saw the award prize money doubled last year, has enabled these awards to run for over a decade and make truly pioneering changes in canine health and research across the world.

“As one of the largest veterinary awards in the world, the standard of nominations is always incredibly high and our winners demonstrate the highest level of excellence and dedication to improving canine health. This year our judging panel are keen to see applicants that have shown commitment to the One Health concept.”

Renowned international banker Vernon Hill, and his wife Shirley, whose major gift underwrites the awards, said: “I am pleased that our Foundation is continuing to support these world-renowned awards which have been making such a significant contribution to the improvement of dogs’ lives all over the world.

“As one of the largest international veterinary awards in the world we are keen to keep increasing our impact across the globe and our continually growing focus on the One Health concept is to ensure our winners’ work benefits both human and canine health in tandem.”

The 2023 awards ceremony can be viewed on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website here; the recipients were:

Further information and nomination forms for the 2024 awards can be found on The Kennel Club Charitable Trust website at All nomination forms must be completed and submitted by the 31 January 2024.

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

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