Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is pleased to award three scholarships to students participating in the program. Each student, who has expressed interested in pursuing a career in food animal production, will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

“Food animal veterinarians are integral to our ability to continue meeting food supply demands in the coming years as the global population grows,” said Rick Sibbel, D.V.M., executive director of food animal technical services for Merck Animal Health. “Merck Animal Health recognizes the importance of equipping veterinary students with hands-on educational experiences that will prepare them for this challenge. The support we offer these students now will not only benefit them, but will also impact the people and animals they serve in the future.”

“The Food Systems Fellowship Program helps to prepare future veterinarians with the experiences and knowledge necessary to serve as the next generation of industry leaders,” said Dan Grooms, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We are thankful for Merck Animal Health’s partnership in preparing these bright students for successful careers.”

The following students will receive 2016 Merck Animal Health Scholarships:

Caelah Doerr of Owosso, Mich., is a second-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Caelah worked as an intern at AnteBio, part of NorthStar Cooperative, and also gained hands-on experience working at two dairy farms in Owosso. After graduating, she plans to work as a large animal veterinarian to help producers improve the health and performance of their herds.

Sarah Gramer of Linden, Mich., is a third-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). She worked as a research assistant for an Elanco bovine study and at a MSU beef teaching and research farm. Sarah gained additional experience working for the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development. Upon graduation, she wants to work as a production animal veterinarian with a focus on poultry health management.

Lauren Lauwers, Yale, Mich., is a third-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU), and also is pursuing a Master of Science in Food Science from MSU. Lauren has deepened her production knowledge by working at two dairy farms and has completed fellowships with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Merck Animal Health. In the future, she would like to practice production animal and regulatory medicine in rural Michigan.

 For additional information on the Food Systems Fellowship Program, visit www.cvm.msu.edu/fsf