The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is calling for nominations for a new series of veterinary awards, created to recognise outstanding research into canine health.

Nominations are being sought for a new series of veterinary awards, created to recognise outstanding research into canine health.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust Veterinary Awards have been launched to celebrate innovative research from veterinary students, as well as lifetime contributions made by clinicians and academics.

Each award comes with a notable grant made possible due to sponsorship from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Family Foundation, created by the founders of Metro Bank.

Trust chairman Mike Townsend 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.”

The three Trust awards up for grabs are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – presented to someone who has had a global impact on canine health and comes with a £10,000 prize fund
  • International Prize in Canine Health Award – will provide a world-class researcher with a £40,000 grant
  • Student Inspiration Award – presented to a vet student showing significant potential in progressing canine research and is worth £10,000

The judging panel will be made up of a panel of veterinary experts – as yet unannounced – and will be chaired by Alan Kelley from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Vernon and Shirley HillVernon and Shirley Hill, whose foundation underwrites the awards, said in statement: “We look forward to our gift making a difference and supporting the future leaders in veterinary science.”  

Kennel Club CEO Rosemary Smart added: “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.”

Click here for more information about the awards. The deadline for submissions is November 30 2012.

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