Vernon & District Kennel Club was formed in 1963 by a group of purebred dog breeders and fanciers led by Colonel William Lamb who became the first President. Colonel Lamb had English Setters.

The first dog shows were held in Polson Park in Vernon. Later the club held their show on their own grounds on Buchanan Road, then as the show grew and rigs got bigger, they moved the show for a few years to Lumby and finally found a home for it in Lavington where it has been held since about 2002.

VDKC is a very well rounded dog club hosting not only conformation shows, but also Obedience trials, Rally Obedience trials and supporting Junior handling instruction and competition.