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

MADISON, N.J., October 12, 2021 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 2021 AABP Annual Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 7-9.

“At Merck Animal Health, we are passionate about equipping the next generation of veterinarians with the tools and resources to succeed,” stated Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “These 18 students exemplify what the future of veterinary medicine needs: leadership, ambition and a devotion to continuously elevating and improving animal health and well-being.”

The following students received the 2021 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:

  • Kathryne (Day) Blair, Washington State University
  • Julia Brigandi, Cornell University
  • Alexandra Colton, Oregon State University
  • Jordan Cornwall, Washington State University
  • Monika Dziuba, Michigan State University
  • Lindsey Fenster, University of Georgia
  • Juli Henderson, Iowa State University
  • Kalene Johnson, The Ohio State University
  • Montana Lins, University of Wisconsin
  • Jessica Meseck, Iowa State University
  • Alexandra Preszler, Iowa State University
  • Lexie Reed, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Jared Sanderson, Michigan State University
  • Artemis Sapountzi, Cornell University
  • Jared Schenkels, Atlantic Veterinary College
  • Anna Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania
  • Isabell Stamm, Western College of Veterinary Medicine  
  • Kara Valasek, Iowa State University

“Every year, for nearly two decades now, 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.

About Merck Animal Health

For over 130 years, Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit 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.