The RCVS Knowledge Plowright Prize 2021-2022

Updated Information

Deadline extended: Submissions now due Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm.


RCVS Knowledge


Walter Plowright was widely regarded as one of the world’s most eminent veterinary virologists and authorities on rinderpest, whose development of a tissue culture vaccine represented a key milestone in efforts to control the disease – one of only two infectious diseases that have been fully eradicated.

This prize recognizes an individual whose work has had a significant impact on the control, management and eradication of infectious diseases of animals.Their contribution will demonstrate animal, humanitarian or economic benefit.


The prize is open to any veterinary surgeon, veterinary nurse or research scientist working in Europe or the Commonwealth. The nominee may be working in practice, academia, a research institute/organization, industry, government or another relevant sector. Institutions and/or organizations are not eligible to receive the prize and self-nominations are not accepted.


The prize recipient will receive £75,000, to be used to support research or other improvement activity that contributes to the control, management and eradication of infectious diseases in animals. For these purposes, the term ‘animal’ includes both domestic and free-living species – mammals, birds or fish.

The winner will be informed in June 2022 and will be presented the award at the Royal College Day in September 2022.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination form located on the award website to by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and an OR-5 to

How to Apply

Nominators must notify the nominee of their intention to submit and jointly complete the nomination form which can be found in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the award website. Please submit the nomination form to by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and an OR-5 to

For More Information

For more information, contact or by email or by phone:+44 (0) 20 7202 0721. Further information about the application process for this award can be found on the RCVS Knowledge website.

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