Merck Animal Health awards $90,000 in bovine veterinary scholarships


Source; Merck Animal Health news release

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of veterinary medicine, Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) is pleased to announce $90,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 18 exemplary bovine veterinary students. The company presented each student with an American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award, as well as a $5,000 scholarship, at this year’s 2019 AABP Annual Conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri, Sept. 12-14.

“Merck Animal Health is proud to honor these students with this important scholarship,” stated Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “This group of exemplary students embodies Merck Animal Health’s mission to advance the science of healthier animals, and I am confident they will go on to strengthen veterinary causes in support of this mission as they continue to grow their careers.”

The following students received the 2019 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:

• Rae-Leigh Amanda Pederzolli, University of Calgary
• Austin Ashbacher, Iowa State University
• McKenzie Beals Weber, Iowa State University
• Thomas Duff, University of Minnesota
• Landon Fitzgerald, Washington State University
• Elizabeth Forker, Michigan State University
• Lauren Gentle, University of California – Davis
• Mary Liebenstein, University of Minnesota
• Kyle Longcore, Michigan State University
• Caitlyn Mullins, North Carolina State University
• Kathryn Osborne, Michigan State University
• Luiza Placheta, University of Missouri
• Morgan Richard, Louisiana State University
• Dallas Shaw, Washington State University
• Nicholas Shen, Lincoln Memorial University
• Austin Wenck, University of Wisconsin
• Janelle Wiser, North Carolina State University
• Nathan Yerian, University of California – Davis

“The outstanding quality of the applicants this year demonstrates that the future of cattle veterinary medicine is in good hands,” said AABP executive director Fred Gingrich II, D.V.M. “The AABP is sincerely thankful for the partnership and support of Merck Animal Health so that we can recognize these promising future colleagues. Supporting the next generation of veterinarians is a mission made possible through these partnerships.”

The scholarships are available to veterinary students in their second or third year of school. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.


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