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Source: Merck Animal Health news release

As a sponsor of the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Merck Animal Health has awarded $5,000 scholarships and internship opportunities to three students who are participating in the program. During the past eight years, Merck Animal Health has provided various scholarship opportunities for 87 students focused on working in the food animal industry.

"Food animal veterinarians serve an essential role in our world and Merck Animal Health continues to make investments in their futures," said Norman Stewart, D.V.M., livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health.

"We have a long-standing commitment to education, personal development and the science of healthier animals. Programs such as this allow us to support, as well as recognize and celebrate, these future leaders."

"Veterinarians are integral to ensuring a wholesome and safe global food supply, and initiatives like the Food Systems Fellowship Program help prepare future practitioners for this vitally important challenge," said Dan Grooms, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. "Not only does Merck Animal Health provide scholarships, but they also support students by giving them real-world experiences that they will carry with them throughout their careers. These experiences will prove invaluable now and down the road."

The following students are participants in the 2013 Food Systems Fellowship Program.

Brianna Pfluger, from Green Bay, Wis., is a third-year veterinary student at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is also pursuing a master's degree in public health in the College of Human Medicine. Pfluger received a Bachelor of Science in dairy science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has worked as a summer intern with Clinton Veterinary Service in St. John's, Mich., and as an artificial insemination field technician with Genex Cooperative, Inc., in Wisconsin. After graduation, she plans to work in a large or mixed animal private practice with a special interest in cattle. She also plans to utilize her public health education to work in regulatory veterinary medicine.

Matthew Hint, from Perry, N.Y., is a third-year veterinary student at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Cornell University. Hint plans to become a food animal veterinarian working exclusively with cattle.

Emily Severt, from Coldwater, Ohio, is a third-year veterinary student at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from OSU. Severt currently works in the Preventive Medicine Department at OSU and has also completed swine, poultry and beef internships. She plans to have a career in food animal medicine with an emphasis in preventive medicine, food safety and public health.

For more information about the Food Systems Fellowship Program, go to

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