Extraordinary bravery and exceptional devotion to duty

The PDSA Awards Programme recognises the role of animals in society

PDSA Animal Awards Programme

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 68 times since 1943. The recipients comprise 32 pigeons, 31 dogs, 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 2001 and recognises remarkable bravery and dedication to duty.

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.

PDSA Commendation

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.

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: 

Gill Hubbard
Awards and Heritage Manager
PDSA
Whitechapel Way
Priorslee
Telford
Shropshire
TF2 9PQ