VETS, scientists and veterinary students carrying out innovative research which will help improve dog health now have the chance to receive funding and an award for their work.
Nominations for the new Kennel Club Charitable Trust Veterinary Awards – the largest of their kind in Europe – are now open and will close on November 30.
Trust chairman Mike Townsend said the awards will ‘identify and encourage visionary thinking, ambition and life-changing accomplishments’.
"Each provides a large funding programme to the recipient which will reward 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,” he said.
The awards are: Lifetime Achievement – for someone who has made a significant impact on the world stage of canine health. They will receive a £10,000 prize fund;
International Prize in Canine Health – for someone who is involved in world-class innovation but who still has much to contribute. Prize fund £40,000;
Student Inspiration – presented to a student studying at a British veterinary school who demonstrates the potential to ‘advance significantly the frontiers of veterinary medicine and research in the field of dogs’: £10,000 prize fund.
Judges have been chosen 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 the Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the committee which selects the International Prize winner.
"The Trust has been working with research facilities and veterinary medicine universities and organisations for more than 20 years, so we’re proud to be able to recognise dedication and excellence in this field,” Mr Townsend said.
"We encourage those who work towards making a difference to the future health of dogs to take the opportunity to enter these prestigious awards, which are underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Family Foundation.”
KC chief executive Rosemary Smart said: "We’re 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.”
Mr Hill, founder and president of Metro Bank, said: "We are 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.”
Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to Cas Oakes, he Kennel Club Charitable Trust, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB.
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