Professor wins international vet award

Professor Holger Volk

Professor Holger Volk - Credit: John Nguyen/JNVisuals

A Brookmans Park-based professor has won an international award for his work in veterinary neurology

Dr Holger Volk, from the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead Lane, Brookmans Park, was recognised for his pioneering research and ground-breaking work into canine epilepsy.

He was one of the youngest ever to be made a chair within his field at the RVC, and is currently professor of neurology and neurosurgery and clinical director of small animals, as well as president of the European College of Veterinary Neurology.

Dr Volk won the coveted International Award at the International Canine Health Awards, where he was given £40,000 towards his future work.

The awards, run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and underwritten by Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank, highlight individuals who go one step further to promote the health and wellbeing of dogs.

This year, the awards were presented by Steve Dean, chairman of trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, on Friday, April 15 at the Kennel Club in London.

Professor Volk said: “I feel very honoured to have received the award.

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“It caught me by surprise that the highly respected Kennel Club would endorse our work by giving me this award.

“I am grateful for all the amazing colleagues, breeders and pet owners for their passion to help battle animal diseases and for making a difference on a daily basis.

The awards were judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research.