Merck Animal Health Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Future Swine Practitioners 

MADISON, N.J., March 7, 2023 – 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), continued its commitment to the swine industry’s next generation of veterinarians by partnering with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation (AASVF) to sponsor the 2023 recipients of the AASVF and Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships. 

Scholarships, totaling $50,000, were awarded to 10 veterinary students for 2023. The recipients were announced at the 54th AASV Annual Meeting, held in Aurora, Colo., March 4-7. 

The following 10 students were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship:

  • Don Banks, North Carolina State University
  • Alexis Berte, Iowa State University
  • Antonia DeGroot, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Hope Dohlman, Iowa State University
  • Hunter Everett, North Carolina State University
  • Ellen Gibbs, University of Missouri
  • Jack Korenyi-Both, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Conrad Schelkopf, Kansas State University
  • Adam Tatnall, University of Illinois Urbana -Champaign
  • Dylan Wulfekuhle, Iowa State University

“Merck Animal Health is proud to honor these students who represent the next generation of veterinary leaders for the swine industry,” said Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “Through our partnership with AASVF, these exemplary students embody Merck Animal Health’s mission to advance the science of healthier animals. We are excited to see what the future holds as they embark on their veterinary careers.” 

Second- and third-year students enrolled in American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited or recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean Islands are eligible for the scholarship. Learn more at

”Back L-R: Jack Creek, Hunter Everett, Don Banks, Dylan Wulfekuhle, Jack Korenvi-Both

Front L-R: Alexis Berte, Ellen Gibbs, Hope Dohlman

Not pictured: Antonia DeGroot, Adam Tatnall, Conrad Schelkopf”

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.


The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) has approximately 1,300 members involved in practice, industry and academia in more than 40 countries. It is the mission of the AASV to: increase the knowledge of swine veterinarians, protect and promote the health and wellbeing of pigs, advocate science-based approaches to veterinary, industry, and public health issues, promote the development and availability of resources that enhance the effectiveness of professional activities, create opportunities that inspire personal and professional growth and interaction and mentor students, encouraging life-long careers as swine veterinarians. The AASV Foundation (AASVF) is the charitable arm of the AASV. One of the AASVF’s objectives is to provide oversight and manage veterinary student scholarship programs. For more information visit