Definition of Dickin medal in US English:

Dickin medal


  • (in the UK) a medal awarded to an animal in recognition of an act of great bravery, typically one performed during a time of military conflict by an animal attached to the armed forces.

    ‘the six-year-old English springer spaniel received the Dickin Medal for ‘outstanding gallantry’ last year’
    • ‘Recipients of the PDSA Dickin Medal, recognised as the animals' equivalent of the Victoria Cross, were afforded full military honours.’
    • ‘"We embarked on the restoration project as a mark of respect for the PDSA Dickin Medal recipients and the 3,000 other military animals and family pets buried there."’
    • ‘The mongrel, called Rip, was awarded a Dickin Medal in 1945 after sniffing out dozens of air raid victims during the blitz.’
    • ‘"Liam got his mention in dispatches, so it's lovely that Theo is getting his PDSA Dickin Medal and he's being recognised for his bravery as well."’
    • ‘Brian's Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC, will go up for auction in London next September.’


1940s: named after Maria Dickin, the founder of the veterinary charity PDSA, who instituted the award.


Dickin medal

/ˌdikin ˈmedl/