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Source: Merck news release

Merck Animal Health today announced the recipients of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, awarding $100,000 in scholarships to 20 veterinary students. Through a partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the program recognizes outstanding second and third year students who are pursuing careers in large animal and companion animal medicine.

"These students are our future visionaries and will become the backbone of the veterinary profession," said Norman Stewart, D.V.M., livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. "Through this program, we are reinforcing our long-standing commitment to education, personal development and the science of healthier animals. It also allows us to help support the cost of veterinary education, as well as recognize and celebrate the next generation of leaders."

Every year, Merck Animal Health collaborates with numerous educational and veterinary organizations to ensure the advancement of animal health. This scholarship program is part of a broader commitment to education, students and the future of the industry. AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has a 50-year history of providing opportunities that foster the academic success of veterinary students.

"We think Merck Animal Health is a great partner in the animal health industry and are grateful for their commitment to the future of veterinary medicine," said Mike Cathey, executive director, AVMF. "With increasing education costs and potentially significant debt coming out of school, the generous financial support that Merck Animal Health provides certainly makes it easier for these students to pursue their dreams of becoming veterinarians."

More than 800 students from 13 veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA applied for the scholarships. Award recipients were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The following students have been awarded the 2014 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships.

Joseph Caldwell, Tuskegee University
Brandi Flanagan, University of Georgia
Kelsey Gerbig, The Ohio State University
Julia Herman, Colorado State University
Katlin Hornig, Colorado State University
Tracy Huang, University of California - Davis
Molly Johnson, Kansas State University
Shannon Kells, Texas A & M University
Teresa Linder, University of Wisconsin
Tiffany Makowski, University of Tennessee
Maggie McQuillan, North Carolina State University
Elena Millard, Michigan State University
Jennifer Munhofen, University of Georgia
Eric Nickerson, University of California - Davis
Brett Rabe, University of Minnesota
Eric Shepherd, University of Georgia
Sarah Will, University of Tennessee
Cynthia Wise, University of Wisconsin
David Worth, Texas A & M University
Stephanie Zec, University of Illinois

Merck Animal Health invests in the future of the veterinary profession by supporting research, education and specialized skills training so veterinarians have the resources they need to provide the best care possible. The scholarship program with AVMF supports the next generation of veterinarians and expands the future careers of students who are committed to veterinary and animal sciences.

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