Merck Animal Health Continues Support of Food Systems Fellowship Program

Company Awards Scholarships to Three Future Veterinarians

Madison, N.J., Sept. 15, 2021 – Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the Food Systems Fellowship (FSF) Program coordinated by the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, is pleased to award three scholarships to veterinary students who are participating in the program. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship to advance his or her education in livestock production.

“Merck Animal Health’s commitment to the science of healthier animals is directly manifested in our support for the next generation of veterinarians.  Their future work will lead not only to healthier animals but also healthier humans,” said Lowell Midla, VMD, Livestock Technical Services Veterinarian for Merck Animal Health. “We are proud to partner with Michigan State University to support these future veterinary leaders, as we have done since 2013.”

Merck Animal Health will award scholarships to the following students:

  • Monika Dziuba of Riverview, Michigan, earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from MSU. She is currently a third-year veterinary student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and is pursuing a master’s degree in the College’s Food Safety Program. She expects to graduate from both programs in May 2023.
  • Jared Sanderson of Sandusky, Michigan, earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from MSU and is currently a third-year veterinary student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He expects to graduate in May 2023. Following graduation, he plans to go into private practice.
  • Emmy Schuurmans of Freeport, Michigan, earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from MSU. She is currently a third-year student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate in May 2023. Her goal as a future dairy practitioner is to improve animal welfare, decrease environmental impacts, and increase economic gains.

“We continue to be enormously grateful to Merck Animal Health,” says Dr. Ángel Abuelo, assistant professor of cattle health and wellbeing for the MSU Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and FSF program lead. “Their generous support – as well as their research, products, and services – makes a real impact on future and current veterinarians who will take care of production animals.”

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, Twitter and Instagram.

About the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1910, although veterinary science has been taught at MSU since the institution’s founding in 1855. With a focus on One Health—the interconnectedness of animal, human, and environmental health—the College is at the forefront of veterinary medical education, research, clinical practice, and diagnostic and public health services. For more information, visit the College, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center, and the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Find us on social media @msuvets.