Merck Animal Health Names Dr. Christine Royal as its U.S. Companion Animal and Equine Business Leader

Madison, N.J., Dec. 10, 2020 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the US and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), is pleased to announce that Christine Royal, DVM, has been named the Associate Vice President, U.S. Companion Animal and Equine business unit, effective immediately.

“Dr. Royal brings to her role a deep understanding of contemporary veterinary practices and a strong passion for animals and their caretakers,” said Scott Bormann, Senior Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “She has played an instrumental role in leading our company’s efforts to promote stronger animal welfare practices, and to bring increased awareness to the mental health and wellbeing issues faced by the veterinarian profession. We look forward to her continued leadership, both within our organization and throughout the animal health industry.”

Dr. Royal, who joined Merck Animal Health in 2014, has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine, including 15 years of volunteer work and practicing small animal and mixed animal medicine. She continues to hold active licenses in both Alabama and Tennessee. Prior to being named to her new role of Associate Vice President, U.S. Companion Animal and Equine, Dr. Royal held the role of Executive Director of Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services where she led a large team of veterinary professionals across the country.

“Caring for animals – and the people who look after them – are two areas I have always been passionate about,” Dr. Royal said. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our veterinary customers and industry partners, while leading Merck Animal Health’s efforts to advance The Science of Healthier Animals™.”

Dr. Royal earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Auburn 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, 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 range 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 LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.