An Invitation To The PDSA ‘Extraordinary Animals In Action’ Exhibition

Simon the ships cat aboard HMS Amethyst - who received the PDSA Dickin Medal
Simon the ships cat aboard HMS Amethyst - who received the PDSA Dickin Medal

Leading veterinary charity, PDSA, is set to unveil a unique exhibition showcasing the incredible stories behind the gallant animals ‘who also served’, at the Imperial War Museum, London on 22 November and museum professionals are invited to attend and tour the exhibit from 3pm – 4pm.

The PDSA will be making the exhibition available on loan to other museums and are keen to hear from AIM members that might be interested in hosting it over the next two years. The exclusive exhibit will showcase historical medal memorabilia and bring to life the little-known stories of the brave animals who have served in theatres of war throughout the world.

As well as saving pets’ lives, PDSA runs the world’s most distinguished Animal Awards Programme – this year the charity celebrates the 75th anniversary of the PDSA Dickin Medal. Known globally as the animals’ Victoria Cross, the award recognises the extraordinary animals who support and protect armed forces around the world. It is the highest honour an animal can receive.

Amy Dickin, who looks after the Animal Awards Programme at PDSA, said:

“PDSA’s founder, Maria Dickin, instituted the Animal Awards programme with the belief that by recognising animals and their incredible achievements, we can raise their status and how they are treated around the world. We have continued to honour Maria’s vision and this unique exhibition will showcase the heroic animals and their extraordinary contribution to society. From carrying vital messages behind enemy lines, to detecting explosive devices in the theatre of conflict, animals’ contribution must never be forgotten.”

“The only living PDSA Dickin Medal recipient, Military Working Dog Mali, will be also be present on the evening and representatives of past recipients will be talking about the stories of the heroic animals.”

To register to attend the exhibition next week or to express interest in hosting the exhibition at your museum, please contact Amy Dickin on

T: 01952 797239




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