Vets, scientists and veterinary students that are carrying out innovative research that will help to improve dog health have the chance to receive funding and a prestigious award for their work, thanks to the launch of the largest veterinary awards in Europe.
Nominations for the new Kennel Club Charitable Trust Veterinary Awards, underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Family Foundation, are now open and will close on 30th November 2012.
The Awards have been created to recognise innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students from around the world, who have carried out research that has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs.
The Awards will identify and encourage visionary thinking, ambition and life-changing accomplishments and those who receive the awards will be passionate about making a difference for dogs. Each award provides a large funding programme to the recipient, which rewards them for their dedication and innovation in the field of canine health and welfare and invests in helping them to continue making a difference for dogs. The awards will be:
• The Lifetime Achievement Award –presented to someone who has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine health. They will receive a £10,000 prize fund.
• The International Prize in Canine Health Award –presented to someone who is currently involved in world class innovation but with much still to contribute. They will be provided with a £40,000 prize fund.
• The Student Inspiration Award – presented to an extraordinary student studying at a British veterinary school, who demonstrates the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and research in the field of dogs. They will be awarded a £10,000 prize fund.
The awards will be judged by representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research, including experts in the nominees’ selected fields. Dr. Alan Kelley, Dean Emeritus of The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the distinguished committee selecting the International Prize Winner.
Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Vernon and Shirley in this exciting Awards scheme, which will reward and support those people whose work is making a difference to dogs’ lives.”
Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has been working with research facilities and veterinary medicine universities and organisations for more than twenty years, so we are proud to be able to recognise dedication and excellence in this field.
“We encourage those who work is making a difference to the future health of dogs to take the opportunity to enter these prestigious awards.”
Vernon Hill, Founder and President of Metro Bank and Shirley Hill, whose Foundation underwrites the Awards, said: “Metro Bank is a visionary, innovative bank, and we support the same spirit in these prestigious awards. Dogs Rule at Metro Bank, and we welcome them in with fresh water bowls, treats and Metro Scarves 361 days a year. We look forward to our gift making a difference and supporting the future leaders in veterinary science.”
To nominate somebody for these awards e-mail Cas Oakes or send a letter to
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust
1-5 Clarges Street
Nominations for the Student Inspiration should come from the Deans/Faculty Directors of British Veterinary Schools.
For further information and to find out how to enter visit the Kennel Club