Merck Animal Health Awards 18 Future Bovine Veterinarians with $90,000 in Scholarships

MADISON, N.J., Sept. 27, 2022 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 18 bovine veterinary students based on their academic achievements, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine. Selected students received their American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award, and a $5,000 scholarship, at this year’s 2022 AABP Annual Conference, held in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 22-24.

“Merck Animal Health is proud to honor these students who represent the future of cattle care,” stated Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “These exemplary students embody Merck Animal Health’s mission to advance the science of healthier animals. I am confident as they embark on their careers, they will make a significant impact on the field of veterinary medicine.”

The following students received the 2022 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:

  • Madison Baumgartner, University of Minnesota
  • Caroline Beninger, University of Calgary
  • Eleni Casseri, Cornell University
  • Cayley Childress, University of Arizona
  • Emma Cijka, Cornell University
  • Trevor Copes, Tufts University
  • Gregor Greer, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jessie Hoagland, Ross University
  • Paige Isensee, University of Missouri
  • Mallory McConathy, Louisiana State University
  • Hanna McCray, Cornell University
  • Elisabeth Regusci, Cornell University
  • Emily Schuurmans, Michigan State University
  • Seth Shirky, Cornell University
  • Lilly Smith, North Carolina State University
  • Payton Smith,North Carolina State University
  • Emily Violini, Washington State University
  • Kaci Way, The Ohio State University

“For nearly two decades, we’ve seen firsthand the outstanding individuals who will soon join our field, and this year’s group of students is no exception,” said AABP Executive Director Fred Gingrich II, D.V.M. “We’re incredibly grateful to Merck Animal Health for its continued partnership as we support the next generation of bovine veterinarians.”

The scholarships are available to student members of AABP in their second or third year of school who are interested in beef and/or dairy veterinary medicine.

2022 Merck Animal Health bovine veterinary student recognition scholarship winners include:
First Row, L-R: Payton Smith, Elisabeth Regusci, Eleni Casseri, Kaci Way, Trevor Copes
Middle Row, L-R:  Caroline Beninger, Madison Baumgarter
Back Row, L-R: AABP Vice President Dr. Dave Sjeklocha with Merck Animal Health, Emily Schuurmans, Lilly Smith, Paige Isensee, Emma Cijka, Hannah McCray, Dr. Lowell Midla with Merck Animal Health

About Merck Animal Health

At Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than a century, we’ve been at the forefront of research, bringing forward medicines, vaccines and innovative health solutions for the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of connected technology that includes identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.