Five Vet Students Receive Merck/AAEP Foundation Scholarships

The students received the inaugural $5,000 scholarships via the Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation scholarship program.
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Five veterinary students committed to careers in equine medicine are the inaugural recipients of $5,000 scholarships through the Merck Animal Health/American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation scholarship program. The scholarships were presented during the Dec. 7 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AAEP’s 61st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Congratulations to the following recipients: 

  • Sarah Colmer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leanne Fowler, University of Tennessee
  • Alaina Kringen, Iowa State University
  • Elisabeth Leahy, Michigan State University
  • Brenna Pugliese, Tufts University

The Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation scholarship program is designed to reward second- and third-year veterinary students dedicated to equine medicine for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and AAEP student chapter, and their long-term goals. This scholarship program is open to AAEP student members who are active within any of the AAEP’s 40 student chapters at colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean.

“Through this scholarship program, we are reinforcing our longstanding commitment to education, personal development and the science of healthier animals,” said Brett Whitehead, equine business unit head, Merck Animal Health. “It also allows us to help support the cost of veterinary education, as well as recognize and celebrate the next generation of leaders. Every year, Merck Animal Health collaborates with numerous educational and veterinary organizations to ensure the advancement of animal health, and we are proud to partner with the AAEP Foundation on this initiative

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