Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 18 bovine veterinary students based on their academic achievements, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine. Selected students received their American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award and a $5,000 scholarship at this year’s 2021 AABP Annual Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 7-9.
Among the award winners was Lindsey Fenster of Buchanan, a third-year student at University of Georgia. From the time she was able to walk, Lindsey has been involved in caring for the cattle on her family’s sixth-generation beef cattle farm, according to a news release from Merck. Her knowledge and passion for animal husbandry have only grown since attending the University of Georgia for her undergraduate and professional veterinary education. Lindsey’s experiences in the classroom, research lab, and the field piqued her interest in pursuing an internship and residency in large animal internal medicine with a focus in bovine veterinary medicine, the news release said.
“At Merck Animal Health, we are passionate about equipping the next generation of veterinarians with the tools and resources to succeed,” stated Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services for Merck Animal Health. “These 18 students exemplify what the future of veterinary medicine needs: leadership, ambition and a devotion to continuously elevating and improving animal health and well-being.”