Merck Animal Health Awards $200,000 USD to Global Veterinary Students

Company Awards Scholarships to 80 Future Veterinarians

Madison, N.J., Oct. 5, 2021 – Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce that it has awarded $200,000 USD to support the future of the veterinary profession. For the fifth consecutive year, Merck Animal Health has partnered with the World Veterinary Association (WVA) as part of the Merck Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program to sponsor veterinary students in more than three dozen countries in the regions of Asia and Oceania, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. This year, 80 students will receive $2,500 USD scholarships as part of the program.

“In the fifth year of this impactful partnership with the World Veterinary Association, we are proud to do our part to ensure that the future of veterinary medicine is bright,” said Edival Santos, DVM, Latin America Regional Manager, Merck Animal Health. “At Merck Animal Health, we recognize the criticality of veterinarians to our society, both in terms of helping to manage the health and well-being of our companion animals, and also in ensuring a healthy, sustainable food supply. We are confident that these 80 student recipients will play an important role in the future of veterinary medicine.”

“The WVA is really pleased to see the success of the Merck Animal Health and WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program over the years and the growing number of applications received from veterinary students from these world regions,” said WVA President, Dr. Patricia Turner. “Together with Merck Animal Health, we agreed to double the number of scholarships to recognize more students for their efforts, especially during the global COVID-19 pandemic, to help them to succeed in their studies and their future veterinary career.’’

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About Merck Animal Health

For 130 years, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, 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, N.J., 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 digitally connected 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the World Veterinary Association (WVA)

The WVA represents around 600.000 veterinarians around the world through its 90-member associations and is a broad global veterinary community that offers advocacy, support, and education with a variety of partners for focused global veterinary issues. The WVA mission is to provide global leadership for the veterinary profession and promote animal health and welfare and public health, through advocacy, education, and partnership. For more information, visit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.