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7 August 2013

Merck Animal Health Announces Presence at AQUA NOR 2013
Company Hosts Seminar Featuring Latest in Fish Health Research

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY, August 7, 2013 -- Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) announced today the company will participate in this year’s AQUA NOR 2013 in Trondheim, Norway, 13-16 August 2013. The exhibition draws international participation of key industry and academic leaders to discuss the latest advancements in salmon and cold water aquaculture health management. Expected to be the largest AQUA NOR event ever, attendees can visit the Merck Animal Health booth in Hall D at stand number D-342.           

“We are pleased to participate in this year’s AQUA NOR. This is a significant exhibition for our company as the worldwide demand for safe and plentiful fish continues to grow at a significant rate,” said Johan Kvalheim, recently appointed General Manager, Norway. “AQUA NOR 2013 gives us the opportunity to share our commitment to the salmon trade and larger aquaculture industry with some of the biggest thought leaders from around the world.”

In addition to an information booth at the conference, the company will host a seminar titled ‘Team Aquatic’ on Wednesday 14th August. During this invite-only seminar, fish health personnel will learn about the latest research in sea lice, pancreas disease and cold water Vibriosis vaccination. Attendees interested in participating in the seminar should contact their local Merck Animal Health representative to inquire about an invitation.

“Norway contributed more than 1 million tonnes of salmon to the market in 2012 with that number expected to rise in 2013,” says Kvalheim. “Keeping those fish free of the harmful diseases that can easily infiltrate the farms is important. We are happy to provide important data that will help farmers maintain the health of their stocks.”

Johan Kvalheim, who joined the company in April of this year from The Norweigan Seafood Council, will be available at the company booth throughout the event to discuss the latest trends and research in fish health with attendees.

About Merck Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. 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 www.merck-animal-health.com.

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