Five Dedicated Equine Veterinary Students to be Awarded $5,000 by Merck Animal Health

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Veterinarian checking horse's mouth Melinda Nagy

Newsdate: Wednesday 16 October 2019 – 10:00 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

The AAEP Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the $5,000 Merck Animal Health Scholarships administered by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The recipients are:

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  • Kalie Beckers, Louisiana State University, class of 2021
  • Kimberly Hildreth, University of Pennsylvania, class of 2021
  • Corey Payne, Texas A&M University, class of 2021
  • Megan Sitzman, Oklahoma State University, class of 2020
  • Haydan Vosburgh, Kansas State University, class of 2020

The Merck Animal Health scholarship recognizes promising veterinary students committed to a career in equine medicine

“We are incredibly proud to support these five future equine veterinary students through our ongoing partnership with the AAEP and the AAEP Foundation,” said D. Craig Barnett, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health director of equine technical services. “These students are exceptional leaders and I’m confident that they will help move our mission forward by advancing the science of healthier animals in the years to come.”

The five recipients of the 2019 Merck Animal Health Scholarship will be presented with their awards on December 9, 2019, at the AAEP’s 65th Annual Convention in Denver, Colo., before the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture.

“We are so thankful for the continued support of Merck Animal Health,” said Dr. Rick Mitchell, AAEP Foundation Advisory Council chairman. “In a time when the veterinary profession is struggling to overcome the challenges of excessive educational debt, Merck Animal Health remains a steadfast industry leader committed to horse welfare, veterinarians and students.”

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be second- or third-year veterinary students dedicated to equine medicine and active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. The scholarships are awarded to students for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and AAEP student chapter, and their long-term goals.

For more information about this program and other scholarships offered through the AAEP Foundation, 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 established in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of horses. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $6 million to fulfill its vital mission. For more information about the AAEP Foundation, visit

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