(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
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- Brian's Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC, will go up for auction in London next September.
- 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."
1940s: named after Maria Dickin, the founder of the veterinary charity PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), who instituted the award.