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Merck Animal Health Partners with the AAEP Foundation to Award $25,000 in Scholarships

Mar 16, 2018

Building on its longstanding commitment to supporting exceptional veterinary students, Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the AAEP Foundation, will award five $5,000 scholarships in 2018 to second- and third-year veterinary students dedicated to careers in equine practice.
Created in 2015, the scholarship program is open to AAEP student members who are active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at veterinary colleges across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. 

“Through this scholarship program, we are reinforcing our longstanding commitment to the next generation of leaders who will advance the science of healthier animals,” said D. Craig Barnett, D.V.M., Equine Technical Services, Merck Animal Health. “Our partnership with the AAEP allows us to help support the cost of veterinary education, an important initiative for Merck Animal Health and the future of the industry.”

Interested students must apply by midnight ET on April 10. Applicants require the support of AAEP members and their clinical or faculty instructors. Each award will be determined based on financial need, academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to equine veterinary medicine. This year’s application will be used for the selection of both Merck Animal Health and Oakwood Foundation scholarship recipients. For more information, and to apply, visit

About Merck Animal Health
For more than a century, 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, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, 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 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

About AAEP Foundation
The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $4 million to support its mission. 

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