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The livestock veterinary students in the Food Systems Fellowship Program will receive $5,000 each.

October 7, 2020

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Three MSU livestock veterinary students have been awarded Merck scholarships. Halfpoint/Getty Images

Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the Food Systems Fellowship Program coordinated by the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is awarding three $5,000 scholarships to veterinary students who are participating in the program.

“The future of animal health lies in the next generation of future leaders,” says Lowell Midla, livestock technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health. “Merck Animal Health is committed to helping to develop future veterinary leaders, and we have been proud to partner with Michigan State University since 2013 to provide support to outstanding students.”

The following students will receive 2020 Merck Animal Health scholarships:

Patrick Crannell. Crannell, of Waitsfield, Vt., earned his bachelor’s degree in English from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. He is a third-year student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate in May 2022. His goal is to work as a dairy veterinarian after graduating.

Ellen Launstein. Launstein, of Dansville, Mich., earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from MSU in 2018. She is a third-year student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate in May 2022. After graduating, she plans to enter private practice and focus on production animal species, particularly dairy cattle.

Jessica Zenchak Petersen. Petersen, of Brookfield, Ill., earned two bachelor’s degrees — one in biology, one in French — from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She then earned a master’s degree in neuroscience from Central Michigan University. She is a third-year student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate in May 2022. After graduating, she aspires to become a production animal veterinarian.

“Merck Animal Health is an outstanding partner,” says Dr. Ángel Abuelo, head of the Food Systems Fellowship Program and assistant professor of cattle health and well-being for the MSU Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. “Their research, products and services to advance animal health care are huge assets for our students and other future veterinarians who are learning to care for production animals.”

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

Source: Merck Animal Health, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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