Merck Animal Health Bestows $270,000 in Scholarship Support to 54 Veterinary Students Around the World

Madison, N.J., May 13, 2021 – Merck Animal Health has partnered with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) since 2013 to provide scholarship support to hundreds of veterinary students. This year, we are pleased to announce that 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships 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.

“Veterinarians play a critical role in both caring for our companion animals and ensuring a safe and sustainable food supply,” said Scott Bormann, Senior Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “We are proud of our partnership with the AVMF to award these scholarships each year to deserving students around the world. We look forward to the impact they will make throughout their careers, both in the animal health industry and beyond it.”

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

“The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is so pleased to have partnered again with Merck Animal Health to recognize exceptional veterinary students through much-needed educational scholarships,” said Dr. John Howe, Chair, AVMF Board of Directors. “Thanks to Merck Animal Health’s generous commitment, scholarship recipients have additional resources to help them pursue their educational and professional goals and opportunities. We congratulate the outstanding 54 scholarship recipients and thank Merck Animal Health for its continued support of students and the veterinary profession.”

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

  • Mohammad Shelim Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Tahmina Akter, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Alexander Amalfitano, Ross University
  • Alexandra Attenasio, Cornell University
  • Chloe Baker, The Ohio State University
  • Tonmoy Chakroborty, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Kayla Chase, University of Minnesota
  • Jacob Crotts, University of Georgia
  • Siria Cruz, Oregon State University
  • Paola Cruz Ramos, North Carolina State University
  • Morgan Falk, University of Wisconsin
  • Emerald Ford, Mississippi State University
  • Emma Foxcroft, University of Calgary
  • Prathima Garudadri, University of California – Davis
  • Michelle Greenfield, Cornell University
  • Gregor Greer, Virginia-Maryland
  • Zubaida Gulshanara, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Cecelia Harmon, Virginia-Maryland
  • Mehedi Hasan, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Stephanie Heniff, University of Illinois
  • Kazi Towhidul Islam, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Shiful Islam, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Osman Khan, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Aimee Labrie, Michigan State University
  • Jarif Mahmud, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Shimu Moni, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Jude Morton, University of Saskatchewan
  • Iulia Osipova, Kansas State University
  • Alexis Payette, University of Wisconsin
  • Arasta Pervin, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Allyson Quigley, Washington State University
  • Ana Ramirez, Western University – California
  • Lela Remington, Midwestern University
  • Siobhan Rickert, University of California – Davis
  • Ganga Sagar Sah, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Rachel Sanchez, University of Georgia
  • Jay Schaub, University of Florida
  • Libby Schneider, Oklahoma State University
  • Emily Schuurmans, Michigan State University
  • Danielle Scott, Colorado State University
  • Reshmi Sensharma, University of Pennsylvania
  • Younus Shajid, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Shalini Shashidhara, Michigan State University
  • John Smith, University of Georgia
  • Kelsey Springer, University of Minnesota
  • Jose Suarez Rodriguez, Louisiana State University
  • Ryan Swanson, Kansas State University
  • Claire Takeshita, University of California – Davis
  • Spencer Traynham, St. George’s University
  • Alexis Urrea, University of Wisconsin
  • Jillian Western, Mississippi State University
  • Katelyn Williams, University of Georgia
  • Jocosa Yasenchack, The Ohio State University
  • Sharuk Zaman, Bangladesh Agricultural University

About Merck Animal Health

For 130 years, 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, 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 digitally connected 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, 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 97,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 55 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit for more information.