Merck Animal Health strengthens its commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts within the veterinary community

September 23, 2021

The recipients of the Merck Animal Health-TUCVM scholarships 2020-2021.

Contact: Anissa Riley, College of Veterinary Medicine

Merck Animal Health has announced its sponsorship of Veterinary Scholarship at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM). Merck Animal Health has sponsored the last two years of sponsorships for TUCVM, rewarding 15 students in the 2019-2020 academic year and 15 students in the 2020-2021 academic year. Each student received a $ 5,000 scholarship to further their education while pursuing a career in veterinary care for pets or large animals.

TUCVM is the only professional veterinary medicine program located on the campus of a historically black college or university in the United States. The college has trained more than 70 percent of the country’s African-American veterinarians and has been recognized as the most diverse of the country’s 32 veterinary schools or colleges.

“At Merck Animal Health, we believe in promoting diversity in the veterinary profession and we look forward to supporting each of these talented award winners,” said Lowell Midla, VMD, Livestock Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health. “We are confident that the unique talents, perspectives and contributions of these students will help build a better future for the veterinary profession. ”

The 15 recipients recognized for the 2020-2021 cycle are:

  • Ashley Baker
  • Christophe christia
  • Ayanna davis
  • Alexandria Farris
  • Janine Haider
  • Clifton hicks
  • Avril Johnson
  • Kierra Johnson
  • Amani Lee
  • Courtney moore
  • Larry moore
  • Kristin rouse
  • Janae Tatum
  • Imani Williams
  • Haley Yeepun

The 15 recipients recognized for the 2019-2020 cycle were:

  • Celestial Maggie Beard
  • Derek B. Carn
  • Christina darthard
  • Guillaume Galbreth
  • Maya gifford
  • Kierra Chanté Graham
  • Conlee Herrera Fry
  • Ainsley C. Horton
  • Amani Raven Lee
  • Khadija Martin
  • Daniel moore
  • Sabrie Joanne Mozé
  • Jonathan D. Owens
  • Jazmine pritchett
  • Carrisa thomas

“We are very grateful to Merck Animal Health for its long-standing and intentional commitment to the veterinary profession and for promoting veterinary medical education at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine through its scholarship program. During the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 academic years, 15 of our students from each cycle received a total of $ 75,000 in scholarships from Merck Animal Health. The spirit of this scholarship aligns with TUCVM’s legacy to embrace and advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the veterinary profession. We look forward to continuing this impactful partnership with Merck Animal Health, ”said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, College Dean, TUCVM.

“I echo what Dean Perry says about the appreciation we have for our valuable partnership with Merck Animal Health. Our scholarship committee here at the College is working hard to identify truly deserving students for the generous Merck Animal Health scholarship. The company not only continues to be an asset to our scholarship program, but it also inspires students to maintain high standards for academics and to be actively involved in serving the veterinary college and their communities, ”said the Dr Deidre Quinn-Gorham, Coordinator of Educational Programs and Instructional Technology at TUCVM and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

The 2021-2022 scholarship application period is now open until October 1, 2021. Interested second and third year veterinary students can apply by contacting Dr Deidre Quinn-Gorham at [email protected]

About Merck Animal Health

For 130 years, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, providing drugs and vaccines for many of the world’s most difficult diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health provides veterinarians, farmers, animal owners and governments with one of the broadest lines of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and healthcare solutions and services. health management as well as a complete suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and product tracking. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, welfare and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests heavily in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and in a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

Located in Alabama as one of the state’s two accredited veterinary programs, the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) was envisioned in 1944 by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and officially established at Tuskegee in 1945. TUCVM is the only professional veterinary medicine program located on a historically Black college or university (HBCU) campus in the United States. The College has trained over 70 percent of the country’s African American veterinarians and has been recognized as the most diverse of all veterinary colleges / schools in the country. The main mission of the College is to provide an environment that fosters an active, independent and autonomous learning spirit, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics and leadership; and promotes education, research and services in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. For more information, visit

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