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A $500,000 donation from Merck Animal Health will support the new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center at Texas A&M University, shown in this illustration. Image credit: Texas A&M University.

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA (NYSE:MRK), announced a $500,000 donation to Texas A&M University for its new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center.

The new animal science center, expected to be completed in 2023, includes research labs, educational spaces, animal handling areas along with dedicated research lab space for emerging technologies and practices for both academic and industry partner use.

“We’re grateful for Merck Animal Health’s support in assisting to build this new state-of-the-art facility,” said Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and former head of the Department of Animal Science. “This facility will advance ruminant health by identifying and developing new and innovative technologies associated with reproduction and genetic sciences and allow us to apply it to the sustainability of livestock systems.”

Merck Animal Health has a long-standing relationship with Texas A&M and has provided funding and support for veterinary scholarships, internships, and research and development projects at the university.

“New technology and therapy research is important to veterinarians and producers in helping to advance sustainable livestock production systems,” said Todd Bilby, Ph.D., dairy technical services director, Merck Animal Health. “Merck Animal Health and Texas A&M share a commitment to advancing the health of animals through innovative science and research-driven solutions.”

Representatives from Texas A&M University present a plaque to Merck Animal Health to recognize its support of the university’s new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center. Pictured from left to right: Scott Jarvis, philanthropic advisor, Texas A&M University; Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director, livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health; Kevin Mobley, executive director, U.S. cattle business, Merck Animal Health; Todd Bilby, Ph.D., dairy technical services director, Merck Animal Health; G. Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., director of research for agrilife research and department head of animal science, Texas A&M University; Jansen Merrill, assistant director of development, Texas A&M University.

About Merck Animal Health

For over 130 years, Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA, 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 ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of connected technology that includes identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. 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 and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Texas A&M University

As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including in science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $952 million in fiscal year 2019. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey based on expenditures of more than $922 million in fiscal year 2018. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting in, in many cases, economic benefits to the state, nation and world.