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International Canine Health Awards nominations open
Dr Maura Lyons won the 2023 Breed Health Co-ordinator Award for her work with Irish wolfhounds.
The awards recognise excellence in canine research, health and welfare.

Nominations have opened for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust's International Canine Health Awards 2024, which recognise veterinary professionals, scientists, researchers and students that work to help dogs’ health and welfare.

The awards are separated into five different accolades, each celebrating achievement in canine research, health and welfare, with a total prize fund of over $180,000.

The entries are open for nominees which represent the values of the awards, and can show how their work advances canine health and welfare. Individuals can nominate themselves or a colleague before the deadline on 31 January 2024.

Nominations will be reviewed by an international and independent panel of judges, with expertise from a range of different research sectors. This year will see a focus on applications which demonstrate a commitment to One Health approaches that benefit humans and dogs.

Among the awards is the Alan Kelly International Award, which will recognise the work of an individual who has been involved with world-class innovation in canine health and welfare, and still has more to contribute. The recipient will be awarded $100,000 towards their future projects.

The award is named in tribute to the late Dr Alan Kelly, who was a prominent figure in the veterinary sector, and was the first chair of the International Canine Health Awards panel.

The other awards are:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – a $50,000 award for a veterinary professional or scientist, who is retired or in the later stages of their career, who has made a lifetime, international impact on canine welfare
  • Two Student Inspiration Awards – the Postgraduate ($20,000) and Undergraduate ($10,000) awards support veterinary students who display potential to advance the progress of canine veterinary medicine or research
  • UK Breed Health Co-ordinator Award – a £5,000 prize for individuals from UK Kennel Club breed clubs or councils who show dedication to the health and welfare of their breed this year

Dr Andrew Higgins, chairman of the International Canine Health Awards Panel, said: “We are proud to be opening nominations for the prestigious International Canine Health awards once again. The incredible support by the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation, which saw the award prize money doubled last year, has enabled these awards to run for over a decade and make truly pioneering changes in canine health and research across the world.

“As one of the largest veterinary awards in the world, the standard of nominations is always incredibly high and our winners demonstrate the highest level of excellence and dedication to improving canine health.”

For more details or to make a nomination, visit their website.

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."