This year’s event marks the ninth year of the awards, which aims to celebrate some of the world’s finest researchers and scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs.
With a prize fund totalling £70,000, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust invites scientists and academics to nominate “world-class” researchers and clinicians for one of the four awards. Individuals may also nominate themselves.
The awards will be judged by a renowned international panel drawn from the veterinary profession and scientific research.
Dr Andrew Higgins, chairman of the judging panel and trustee of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which runs the awards, said: “The International Canine Health Awards recognise and commend the commitment shown by researchers, veterinarians, and students dedicated to the improvement of dog health through science.
“We are also delighted to recognise the amazing work of our UK breed health coordinators who do such a good job supporting health and welfare programmes within breeds.”
He added: “We are very grateful for the generous funding from Vernon and Shirley Hill, as well as support from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which enables us to celebrate those who work tirelessly for the health and welfare of man’s best friend.
“We would encourage nominations of individuals you feel have made, are making or will make a significant contribution to the health and welfare of dogs.”
Vernon Hill, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Metro Bank, who has donated “substantial” cash prizes to the awards fund, said: “We are extremely proud to support the ninth International Canine Health Awards, to honour the people who are committed to transforming and improving the lives of dogs and humans across the world.
“As a dog owner myself, it’s a subject extremely close to our hearts at Metro Bank, and it’s incredible to see how many people, from so many different countries, dedicate their whole lives to their work, and all for the good of the dogs.”