Merck Animal Health Awards Scholarships to More Than 50 Veterinary Students from United States, Canada, Latin America and Asia

Madison, N.J., March 11, 2019 – Today, 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships from Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, the selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.

“Keeping our pets healthy and maintaining a safe, high-quality protein supply for years to come will require the ongoing expertise of veterinarians and these exceptional students will be instrumental for such important jobs,” said Scott Bormann, Senior Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “Merck Animal Health is proud to help lay a solid educational foundation for these students to excel in their future careers.”

The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.

“The AVMF is proud to partner with Merck Animal Health, whose generous support of veterinary student scholarships aids recipients in the pursuit of educational and professional opportunities,” said Dr. Karen Davis, Chair, AVMF Board of Advisors. “Congratulations to these outstanding students and thank you to Merck Animal Health for its continued commitment and involvement in veterinary medical education.“

Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The 2019 scholarship recipients are:

  • Imrul Kayes Anwar, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Michael Barua, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Andrea Basque, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kalie Beckers, Louisiana State University
  • Robert Buntz, Colorado State University
  • Emily Calbaum, University of Wisconsin
  • Brittany Campbell, Purdue University
  • Virginia Carrero, Louisiana State University
  • Michael Congiusta, University of Minnesota
  • Lindsay Courtney, The Ohio State University
  • Stephanie Crawford, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Brenna Daly, Tufts University
  • Anik Das, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Erin Deavours, University of Georgia
  • Thomas Duff, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Ellis, University of California-Davis
  • Grace Ertle, Michigan State University
  • Abdullah Al Fahad, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Lindsay Francis, Colorado State University
  • Sarah Freeman, University of California-Davis
  • Anna Gates, Michigan State University
  • Taylor Goucher, University of Pennsylvania
  • Emily Griswold, University of Pennsylvania
  • Geraldine Gutierrez, University of Minnesota
  • John Hanlon, Washington State University
  • Kelsey Hart, St. George’s University
  • Ifteqar Hassan, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Alexandra Hess, Colorado State University
  • Mohimanul Islam, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Manohar Katara, St. George’s University
  • Chantelle Khambholja, Washington State University
  • Shahriar Khandakar, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Jeffrey Kim, The Ohio State University
  • Laura Krogman, Washington State University
  • Judy Anne Manaog, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Mikaella Andrea Manongdo, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Heath McAlexander, University of Tennessee
  • Ferdous Hasan Mithun, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Christopher Moyer, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Pallab Deb Nath, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Michael Paras, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Arif Rabbani, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Caitlyn Rize, University of Minnesota
  • Shira Rosenblum, University of Pennsylvania
  • John Rowe, The Ohio State University
  • Janae Saffold, Midwestern University
  • Michelle Sahr, The Ohio State University
  • Arnel Jr. Simangan, University of the Philippines Los Banos
  • Rachel Stika, Iowa State University
  • Melissa Trayah, Tufts University
  • Jonathan Tubbs, Auburn University
  • Kristen Verdoorn, University of Wisconsin
  • Elvina Yau, Cornell University
  • Mariah Young, Washington State University

About Merck Animal Health

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, 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 range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, wellbeing and performance of animals. 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 or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 94,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit for more information.