Merck Animal Health awards scholarships to swine veterinary students

In partnership with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation — the charitable arm of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians — Merck Animal Health today announced the 2016 recipients of the AASVF/Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships.

"Merck Animal Health is committed to supporting the education of the next generation of swine industry leaders," says Jamie Lehman, D.V.M., associate director of Swine Technical Services, Merck Animal Health. "We remain dedicated to providing veterinary students with vital real-world experiences that will equip them with the skills they need to help ensure the health and well-being of animals, as well as help feed the world."

"It is gratifying to see Merck Animal Health recognize the value and significance of supporting veterinary students pursuing a career in swine medicine and production," says Tom Burkgren, D.V.M., AASV executive director. "The AASVF greatly appreciates the company's commitment to supporting the mission of the development of students and veterinarians, as they will play an integral role in the future of our industry."

The recipients, who will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, are:

Alyssa Anderson, University of Minnesota
Daniel Carreno, North Carolina State University
Emily Mahan-Riggs, North Carolina State University
Rachel Schulte, Iowa State University
Thomas Wurtz, Washington State University
The recipients were announced earlier today at the 47th Annual AASV Meeting in New Orleans, La. Second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled in American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited or recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean Islands are eligible. Learn more at