PDSA Animal Awards Programme
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 and a commendation for devotion.
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 PDSA Dickin Medal has been awarded 72 times since 1943. The recipients comprise 35 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 Animals' George Cross. The PDSA Gold Medal was instituted in 2002 and recognises remarkable bravery and dedication to duty. The Gold Medal has been awarded 30 times since 2002.
PDSA Order of Merit
The newest award to be added to PDSA's award programme. Instituted in June 2014, it recognises animals that have shown outstanding acts of devotion and that symbolise the special relationship between animals and humans.
The PDSA Commendation was instituted in 2001 to recognise acts of animal devotion or bravery. Recipients include pets that have provided great help and companionship, supported their owners through difficult periods, raised the alarm in times of need, or simply made life better through their love and loyalty.
How can I nominate an animal for a PDSA award?
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:
Please note that we can only accept nominations for actions that occurred after the inception of our Animal Awards Programme in 1943.