Winners Of Prestigious Veterinary Prize To Be Announced At Crufts 2014



The worthy winners of this year’s International Canine Health Awards, the largest veterinary awards in Europe, will be announced and the recipients presented with their awards. These awards recognise leading innovative researchers and veterinary scientists who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs, and thus making a difference for the lives of dogs.

WHEN:   Saturday 8th March 2014 at 12 noon

WHERE: Crufts 2014, NEC Piazza Suite 1, Birmingham B40 1NT

WHO: Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Mike Townsend, will award the following:



For the second year, the Kennel Club International Canine Health Awards will highlight those individuals who go that one step further to promote the health and wellbeing of dogs with their revolutionary work in the world of veterinary science. The awards are kindly funded by Vernon and Shirley Hill of the Hill Family Foundation and Metro Bank.

By rewarding and encouraging learning and development, these awards place the Kennel Club on the international stage to recognise partners overseas and at home who are pioneers in improving the health and wellbeing of our four legged friends.

The winners, who will be unveiled on Saturday 8th March at 12 noon, have been pioneers of ground-breaking work that has the potential to eradicate specific hereditary eye problems as well as improve the treatment of and reduce the risk of damage to the central nervous system in animals and humans.  

Last year’s winners were Dr Elaine Ostrander, Dr Gustavo Aguirre and student, Emily Milodowski, who were nominated by their peers and contemporaries for their innovative work in dog health and developments in veterinary science.

The International Canine Health Awards are judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research.


27th February 2014


For more details and contact information or to arrange interviews on Saturday please contact:

Heidi Ancell-Day 07800 937070

Victoria Brownlie 07540 731320

Jennifer White 07840 495635


Notes to Editors

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust invests money into supporting research facilities and veterinary medicine universities and organisations. In 2009, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust committed £1.2m in funds over five years to the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) to help investigate 25 inherited diseases. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has invested almost £4 million into projects and research that will help to improve dog health.

Vernon and Shirley Hill

Vernon and Shirley Hill are the founders of Metro Bank, Britain’s first new retail bank in 100+ years. Vernon Hill was also the founder and chairman of Commerce Bank, America’s most convenient bank.

The Hill’s and Sir Duffield, their Yorkshire Terrier, have a deep commitment to the veterinary community including: