Merck Animal Health Supports Next Generation of Bovine Practitioners

MADISON, N.J., Sept. 15, 2016 – As part of its longstanding commitment to the practice of veterinary medicine, Merck Animal Health is pleased to support 18 exemplary bovine veterinary students in their educational pursuits. The company presented the students with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award at the 2016 AABP Annual Conference. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship.
“Students like these are the reason the future of veterinary medicine is so bright,” said Rick Sibbel, D.V.M., Executive Director of Food Animal Technical Services, Merck Animal Health. “All of the award recipients have the potential to better our industry and make impactful contributions that will advance the ways in which we approach veterinary medicine. Our company is committed to backing these students who demonstrate a true commitment to protecting and strengthening the health and well-being of cattle.”
The following students received the 2016 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:

  • Lora Anderson, Michigan State University
  • Kelsey Arellano, University of Florida
  • Earl W. Brady, Cornell University
  • Kaitlyn Briggs, Cornell University
  • Andre Coen, North Carolina State University
  • Brandon Debbink, University of Wisconsin
  • Kevin Gavin, Washington State University
  • Tyler Grussing, Iowa State University
  • Nicole Hershberger, Iowa State University
  • Devon Kartchner, Washington State University
  • Benjamin Kasl, Cornell University
  • Jason Patrick Kroll, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Aaron Pospisil, The Ohio State University
  • Benjamin Potvin, University of Guelph – Ontario
  • Jennifer Reynen-Yurkiw, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Brandon Scharping, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lane Schmitt, Washington State University
  • Jennifer Ziemer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“One of the parts of my job I look forward to each year is the opportunity to see these highly motivated and enthusiastic students attend the conference and make connections that may define their careers as cattle veterinarians,” said AABP Executive Vice President M. Gatz Riddell, D.V.M. “We thank Merck Animal Health for helping to motivate and recognize the next generation of bovine practitioners.”
Veterinary students in their second or third year of school are eligible for the award, which Merck Animal Health has sponsored since 2004. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

About Merck Animal Health

For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. 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, well-being 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 LinkedIn and Twitter at @MerckAH.