Caring for animals
and creating trust.

The Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team helps you successfully meet the demands of a changing world.

Building partnerships that help bridge the gap between farm and table and keep pets healthy members of the family.

Collaborating to advance animal health and welfare, increase understanding of modern animal agricultural practices and support the veterinary profession.

Engaging to understand consumer trends, advocate for agriculture and build trust through transparency.

Animal Welfare

Consumer & Retail

Sustainability

Veterinary & Academic Affairs

Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study III

Merck Animal Health released findings of its third comprehensive veterinary wellbeing study in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) examining the wellbeing and mental health of U.S. veterinarians. Conducted in the fall of 2021, it is the first since the COVID-19 pandemic began with a goal to examine and bring critical awareness to the challenges impacting the veterinary profession, while highlighting the impact the pandemic has had on practitioners and staff. For the first time, the study includes responses from veterinary technicians and support staff and their perspectives on the challenges they are currently facing at work.

Today’s global consumers are very clear in their demand for safe, affordable, and sustainable protein. To continue to meet these rising expectations requires both leadership and collaboration with food chain stakeholders, academia, and the veterinary community. Merck Animal Health is pleased to amplify the voices of leaders throughout the food value chain on the Veterinary & Consumer Affairs Team podcast, Caring for Animals and Creating Trust.

Recent News

Meeting Consumer Expectations for Transparency in Animal Protein

Consumers want more information than ever before about food, and never have they been further removed from the farm. Concerns about sustainability, nutrition and food safety, animal welfare and labeling are driving consumer demands for transparency around food and food production, and the food system from farm to table is working to meet their expectations. An ethnography commissioned by Merck Animal Health earlier this year found that transparency in animal protein is relevant to over 30 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 74, and that number is growing making transparency imperative for the future of the industry.

Retailer sustainability commitments are more ambitious than ever. Learn how the supply chain from farm to fork is engaging to bring consumers along on the journey.

Collaboration and innovation help the farm to table food chain navigate challenges and advance to meet new consumer demands.

Women are actively shaping and changing the agricultural and animal health industries and paving the way for the future of professional and industry organizations and agricultural businesses.

Merck Animal Health Veterinary & Consumer Affairs

Unconditional commitment to animal welfare and our customers.

Jane Dukes

Sr. Account Manager, Consumer Affairs

Jane.Dukes@merck.com
I’ve devoted my career to promoting and protecting consumer brands, and I’m passionate about understanding the consumer perspective. I work with customers and food chain stakeholders to build understanding of marketplace trends and trust in modern animal agriculture practices. Through partnerships that help keep pets healthy members of the family and bridge the gap between farm and table, our team offers educational tools, training and resources to promote consumer trust through transparent communication and help farmers and veterinarians share their stories to advocate for agriculture.

Taylor Tillery

DVM, Veterinary Academic & Industry Liaison Lead

Taylor.Tillery@merck.com
I am passionate about the veterinary profession and excited to help Merck Animal Health innovate and improve our great profession, while also partnering with industry to tackle challenges.  In my role, I lead a Veterinary Student Ambassador team across the US, and work throughout our organization to create partnerships with academic institutions, veterinary schools, and allied industry. We strive to introduce opportunities and solutions that support veterinary wellbeing, improve underrepresented veterinary student enrollment, and promote the human animal bond.

Angela Baysinger

DVM, MS

Animal Welfare Lead, North America
Angela.Baysinger@merck.com
Animal welfare is my passion and my role as the animal welfare lead for Merck Animal Health North America is my dream job. I help incorporate animal welfare into product support trials and customer on-farm/in-clinic studies and provide training and support for animal welfare evaluations for both food and companion animals. My leading initiative is the annual Advancing Animal Welfare Together Symposium our team hosts that brings food chain leaders together from farm to table for a transparent dialogue about improving animal welfare.

Jessica Lynn Meisinger

PhD

Sr. Account Manager, Sustainability
Jessica.Meisinger@merck.com
I am passionate about sustainability and thrilled to be working with Merck Animal Health on this endeavor. From promoting research around the benefits of preventative medicine in animal agriculture to raising food sustainably, I lead our sustainability efforts and support stakeholders in special projects including blockchain initiatives. As a mom and pet parent, I understand the need for a safe, sustainable food supply and love helping people in the retail/restaurant industries learn more about farmers and the “why” behind choices they make for their animals.