Kennel Club Now Taking Nominations For 2016 International Canine Health Awards​

For the fourth year in a row, the International Canine Health Awards are returning to celebrate researchers and scientists whose efforts have gone above and beyond to positively impact the health and well-being of dogs. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is currently seeking nominations for and will present the awards at the Kennel Club in April 2016.

"There have been huge advances made in improving canine health with the aim of giving out dogs a healthier future," Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said. "The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has a long history of supporting work that helps to improve dog health and, thanks to the generous funding form Vernon and Shirley Hill, The International Canine Health Awards go a step further, honoring and rewarding the world of specific individuals."

There are three categories for the International Canine Health Awards: The "International Prize in Canine Health," a £40,000 prize for future projects, recognizes outstanding contribution to the field of canine health and welfare. The "Lifetime Achievement Award," a £10,000 prize fund, recognizes a veterinarian or scientist of a related discipline who has advanced the welfare of dogs in his or her career. The "Student Inspiration Awards," split into undergraduate and postgraduate, recognizes and awards students at a British veterinary school with £5,000. These students demonstrate potential to advance veterinary medicine and research of dogs, and their prize will aid continued education, career development, or help continue a project.

Totaling at £60,000, the prize fund is donated by Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank. In addition to backing the International Canine Health Awards, they have a deep commitment to the veterinary community and have previously sponsored the University of Pennsylvania World Veterinary Award and the Hill Pavilion at The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.

Nominations are now being taken until Dec. 18 for this year's award. Each nominee will be judged by expert representatives from the veterinary profession and world of scientific research. Nominations can be submitted online via application form on the Kennel Club website:

Learn more about the award and see last year's winners below:

Header photo: 2015 Award Winner Professor Sheila Crispin