Purdue Veterinary Student Receives Merck Animal Health Future Swine Practitioners Scholarship

Friday, March 22, 2024

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Through a partnership with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Foundation, Merck Animal Health sponsors a scholarship program for the swine industry’s next generation of veterinarians and one of this year’s recipients is Purdue veterinary student Kendall Sattler of the DVM Class of 2026.  Kendall is among ten veterinary students receiving the 2024 scholarships for future swine practitioners, which totaled $50,000.

The recipients were announced at the 55th AASV Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 24-27. “Merck Animal Health is committed to the veterinary profession and is proud to honor these students who represent the next generation of veterinary leaders for the swine industry,” said Dr. Justin Welsh, executive director of livestock technical services for Merck Animal Health. “Through our partnership with AASV, we are helping to build students’ knowledge of swine health and well-being as they prepare for a career in this important field.”

Each recipient was awarded a $5,000 scholarship through the AASV Foundation and Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. The other recipients are students at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

“The AASV and the AASV Foundation appreciate Merck Animal Health’s long-standing support for the AASVF-Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program,” said Dr. Harry Snelson, AASV executive director. “Their generous donation enables the AASV Foundation to assist future swine veterinarians with their educational expenses. This support has become increasingly important as educational expenses for veterinary students continue to rise.”

Second- and third-year students enrolled in American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited or recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean Islands are eligible for the scholarship. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, is a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK). 

Click here for a complete news release about the AASV Foundation and Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program.  Click here to learn more about the AASV.

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr | pvmnews@purdue.edu

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