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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.

Image © International Canine Health Awards

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.