PDSA Order of Merit
The inaugural award, in 2014, recognised horses and dogs serving with the Metropolitan Police.
Recipients could include service animals, such as those in the police force, assistance dogs or medical detection dogs. By creating the PDSA Order of Merit, we can ensure that all extraordinary animal contributions to society can now be formally recognised and honoured, however and wherever they occur.
The very first Order of Merit was struck at court jewellers and medallists Cleave and Company in London on 30 May 2014. With its distinctive silver appearance and weighing around 35 grammes, it represents a very distinguished addition to our historic medal programme.
To date, we have awarded the PDSA Order of Merit to ten police horses and four dogs.