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Winners of Europe’s most prestigious Veterinary Awards revealed

A leading veterinary neurologist, a pre-eminent diagnostic imaging expert, a PhD student researching ways to combat antimicrobial resistance, and a canine pathology student have today each received one of the largest veterinary awards in the world for the role they are playing in transforming dog health.

The International Canine Health Awards, run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust were held on 15 April at the Kennel Club in London. This year’s awards were presented to Professor Holger Volk, Clinical Director of the RVC Small Animal Referral Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery; Professor Mike Herrtage, Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and Professor of Small Animal Medicine; University of Liverpool PhD student, David Singleton; and canine pathology undergraduate student, Natalie Gibbons.

The winners were given prize money to further their work in the field of canine research, underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank. Professor Holger Volk was awarded £40,000 for the International Award, Professor Mike Herrtage was awarded £10,000 for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and students David Singleton and Natalie Gibbons were each granted £5,000 for the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award and Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award respectively.

Left to right: Postgraduate award winner David Singleton, Chairman of Trustees KCCT Steve Dean, sponsors and Metrobank founders Vernon and Shirley Hill, Undergraduate Award winner Natalie Gibbons, Lifetime award winner Mike Herrtage, and International award winner Holger Volk, at the Kennel Club, West London, pictured with their dog Sir Duffield.  Photo credit: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Launched at Crufts in 2012, the International Canine Health Awards were developed to recognise and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs. The awards are judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research.

Steve Dean, recently appointed Chairman of Trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which runs the awards, said: “The winners of these awards are four truly remarkable people. They are working tirelessly to aid our understanding of canine diseases and other important heath issues. The work they carry out in their respective fields will have significant impact for the health of dogs in the future and, in certain cases, for the human population as well.

“These winners are dedicating their lives to continued improvement of canine health by sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. We could not have hoped for more deserving winners and we thank them for helping us to transform dog health through science and tireless hard work.”

Vernon Hill, Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, and Shirley Hill, whose foundation underwrites the Awards commented: “We are pleased to recognise these great people whose work benefits both animals and humans.”

For more information on the awards and how to register your interest for next year’s awards please visit, and to view interviews with this year’s winners please click here.