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The 2023 Merck Animal Health and AABP scholarship recipients at the AABP Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Front row, L-R: Lillian Feider, Paige Schmidt, Tanya Weber, Alexis Stadtlander, Chelsey Bieberle, Erica Webb Back row, L-R: AABP Vice President Dr. Dave Sjeklocha (Merck), George DeMers, Dr. Lowell Midla (Merck), Bailey DeGroat Not pictured: Ruth Bowman, Caden Colombik, Ashley Garatea, Sonja Gilje, Taythen Larson, Michaela Musselman, Ana Leigh Ruiz, Brooke Smith, Vladimir Tadic, Casey Whitehouse

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), today announced it has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 18 bovine veterinary students in partnership with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic achievements, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

The scholarships recently were awarded at the 2023 AABP Annual Conference, held in Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 21-23. The 2023 scholarship recipients, each receiving $5,000, include:

  • Chelsey Bieberle, Kansas State University
  • Ruth Bowman, University of Guelph
  • Caden Colombik, Washington State University
  • Bailey DeGroat, The Ohio State University
  • George DeMers, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lillian Feider, University of Wisconsin
  • Ashley Garatea, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Sonja Gilje, University of Minnesota
  • Taythen Larson, Washington State University
  • Michaela Musselman, Kansas State University
  • Ana Leigh Ruiz, University of Minnesota
  • Paige Schmidt, Kansas State University
  • Brooke Smith, Oregon State University
  • Alexis Stadtlander, Iowa State University
  • Vladimir Tadic, University of Calgary
  • Erica Webb, University of Georgia
  • Tanya Weber, Washington State University
  • Casey Whitehouse, Atlantic Veterinary College

“Merck Animal Health is proud to honor these veterinary students who represent the future of our field and the cattle industry,” said Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “These exemplary students embody our unconditional commitment to cattle care as well as to our mission to advance the Science of Healthier Animals®.”

“We are excited for what the future holds for these outstanding students and the talents and skills they will bring to the veterinary profession as they embark on their careers,” said Fred Gingrich II, D.V.M., executive director, AABP. “We are incredibly grateful to Merck Animal Health for its continued partnership and support for these next generation of leaders in our field.”

Founded in 1965, AABP is an international association of more than 5,000 veterinarians and veterinary students who serve as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity. To learn more, visit

About Merck Animal Health
At Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than a century, we’ve been at the forefront of research, bringing forward medicines, vaccines and innovative health solutions for the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, producers, 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.