PDSA runs the world’s most distinguished and respected Animal Awards Programme.
Through these awards we recognise acts of extraordinary animal bravery or exceptional devotion to duty by awarding three globally-recognised medals:
PDSA Dickin Medal
Universally acknowledged as the animals’ Victoria Cross. Instituted in 1943, it recognises animals that display conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty in the field of military conflict. The Medal has been awarded 71 times since 1943. The recipients comprise 34 dogs, 32 pigeons, 4 horses and 1 cat.
PDSA Gold Medal
The civilian equivalent of the PDSA Dickin Medal and it is often known as the animal’s George Cross. The PDSA Gold Medal was instituted in 2002 and recognises remarkable bravery and dedication to duty.
PDSA Order of Merit
Nominate a deserving animal
If you know of an animal that you believe deserves a PDSA award, you can nominate them by using our general enquiries contact form, or in writing, to: