Future bovine veterinarians receive $90K in scholarship funds

Eighteen students have been awarded educational grants to pursue bovine medicine

The 2022 recipients of the Merck Animal Health bovine veterinary student recognition scholarship winners with AABP vice president, Dr. Dave Sjeklocha. Photo courtesy Merck Animal Health
The 2022 recipients of the Merck Animal Health bovine veterinary student recognition scholarship.
Photo courtesy Merck Animal Health

Ensuring America’s cattle continue to receive the veterinary care they need is the driving force behind a recently distributed round of educational grants.

Eighteen third- and fourth-year veterinary students have been awarded $5,000 each ($90,000 total) from pharmaceutical company, Merck Animal Health. The scholarships, which were distributed based on students’ academic achievements, career goals, and work experience, were specifically awarded to those interested in beef and/or dairy veterinary medicine.

Selected students received their funding and an American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award at the 2022 AABP Annual Conference, held in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 22 to 24.

“For nearly two decades, we’ve seen firsthand the outstanding individuals who will soon join our field, and this year’s group of students is no exception,” says the association’s executive director, Fred Gingrich II, DVM. “We’re incredibly grateful to Merck Animal Health for its continued partnership as we support the next generation of bovine veterinarians.”

The recipients are:

  • Madison Baumgartner, University of Minnesota
  • Caroline Beninger, University of Calgary
  • Eleni Casseri, Cornell University
  • Cayley Childress, University of Arizona
  • Emma Cijka, Cornell University
  • Trevor Copes, Tufts University
  • Gregor Greer, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jessie Hoagland, Ross University
  • Paige Isensee, University of Missouri
  • Mallory McConathy, Louisiana State University
  • Hanna McCray, Cornell University
  • Elisabeth Regusci, Cornell University
  • Emily Schuurmans, Michigan State University
  • Seth Shirky, Cornell University
  • Lilly Smith, North Carolina State University
  • Payton Smith, North Carolina State University
  • Emily Violini, Washington State University
  • Kaci Way, The Ohio State University

“Merck Animal Health is proud to honor these students who represent the future of cattle care,” says Merck’s executive director of livestock technical services, Justin Welsh, DVM.

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