Since 2004, Merck Animal Health has recognized more than 100 bovine veterinary students who show an exemplary commitment to both protecting and strengthening the health and well-being of cattle. At the 2015 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference in New Orleans, 16 additional students were recognized with the AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award. Each received a $5,000 scholarship, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the conference.

     “Large animal veterinarians of today and the future play an integral role in sustaining a safe and healthy food supply,” said Norman Stewart, D.V.M., livestock technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. “At Merck Animal Health, we’re proud to support and invest in those who are so crucial to the future of our industry. Each one of these students, whether on their family farm, in classrooms or abroad, have demonstrated an undeniable passion for learning to continually improve the practice of veterinary medicine.”

     The following students* are recipients of the 2015 AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:

  • Laura Bro, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tyson Buyer, University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Crystal Clark, University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine Program
  • Lisa Dauten, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Amanda Emery, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Callie Garoutte, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Lindsay Hetrick, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kevin J. Jacque, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Blaine Johnson, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jared Lyzenga, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Carl Moore, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Abigail Olson, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Adlai Schuler, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ashley Swenson, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Melissa Wagner, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph
  • Jonathan B. Wesson, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

     Veterinary students in their third or fourth year of college are eligible to receive the award. Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

     "Meeting with these students, seeing their enthusiasm and watching them make connections that may define their careers, is an honor and privilege I look forward to each year, " said AABP Executive Vice President M. Gatz Riddell, D.V.M. "We thank Merck Animal Health for helping to motivate and recognize the next generation of bovine practitioners."