The Plowright Prize 2019

Nominations are now being invited for the Plowright Prize: a new award, made in memory of Dorothy and Walter Plowright, which recognises an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of infectious diseases in animals.

bacteria, courtesy of CDC/Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP)

Prize background

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.

The prize

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.


This prize recognises 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/organisation, industry, government or another relevant sector. Institutions and/or organisations are not eligible to receive the prize.

Nomination process

Individuals must be nominated by a third party - Individuals may not nominate themselves. Nominators must notify the nominee of their intention to submit and jointly complete the nomination form.

Nominations must be made using the nomination form below. Guidelines and instructions are also provided below. All sections of the form must be completed, in English, in order for nominations to be considered.

Each nomination must include:

  • a statement of recommendation
  • copies of the nominee’s key publications
  • the nominee’s full CV, including a full list of publications and relevant experience

  • a brief scientific citation

  • details of two professional referees
  • a document, outlining how the prize fund will be spent to support future research or other improvement activity plans
  • declarations by the nominee and nominator.

Guidelines and instructions on completing the nomination are provided below. Any enquiries or questions should be addressed to or +44 (0) 20 7202 0721.

Nomination deadline

Completed nominations must be submitted to by 19th June 2020.

Further detail on the nomination and selection process for the Plowright Prize 2019 can be found in the documents below.

Image: Rickettsia typhi bacteria, courtesy of CDC/AFIP