2022 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Awards

Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Awards

This award is designed to recognize graduating seniors at each veterinary school accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association in the U.S. and Canada. Awards are given to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative forward-thinking in the development of a project or product that inspires others within the veterinary profession.

Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), has established the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Awards.

Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), has established the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Awards.

Congrats, 2022 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Award Recipients!

Auburn University

Indya Woods

Innovation: Designed a summer program for underrepresented minorities that will be offered for the first time in 2022. This program is designed to provide 10 college students in underrepresented minority groups the opportunity to explore veterinary medicine during this week-long summer program, which exposes them to many aspects of veterinary medicine and helps them strengthen their veterinary school applications.

Colorado State University

Danielle Scott

Innovation: Lead the creation of Animal Health Advocates in a Changing Climate. This event was a first-of-its-kind virtual symposium designed to equip clinicians, technicians, and students in the veterinary field with both knowledge and tools, so as to be effective contributors to protecting animal health in a changing climate.

Cornell University

Xanth El-Sayed

Innovation: Showed innovation and creativity during his leadership within Cornell’s VBMA (Veterinary Business Management Association) Chapter and helped address a previously unmet need that will significantly promote differentiation of veterinary students as they enter their professional careers.

Lincoln Memorial University

Stephanie Clemente

Innovation: Helped design, implement, and conduct a survey through the Health Belief Model (HBM). Katie also assisted with the analysis of the results and the preparation of a final manuscript to be submitted to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Michigan State University

Hilary Thompson

Innovation: Founded the Veterinary Wellness Initiative (VWI), which seeks to connect students to established veterinary professionals for a discussion about common hurdles and experiences within the veterinary field.

Midwestern University

Morgan Ostwinkle-Jones

Innovation: Created and implemented a peer-to-peer Stress Management Program in her second year of veterinary school, that fulfilled an unmet need in the area of student wellness.

Mississippi State University

Elizabeth "Libby" Czapor

Innovation: Instrumental in providing numerous educational opportunities to DVM students related to principles of business management and has lobbied extensively for bringing the most rewarding opportunities to fellow students.

Oregon State University

Siria Cruz

Innovation: Founded the Latinx Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) chapter at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. The club filled an unmet need for LatinX students, staff, and faculty within the CCVM.

Texas A&M University

McCalley Cunningham

Innovation: Worked on multiple entrepreneurial endeavors before and during her veterinary career. McCalley focused on improving camaraderie between everyone within the hospital setting and provided an opportunity for students to get outside and be active during this stressful year.

The Ohio State University

Shane Mart

Innovation: During his internship, Shane helped create a kickball game/league for 4th-year students, faculty, and staff to promote and improve camaraderie between everyone with a focus on mental health and well-being.

University of Guelphv

Dr. Elise Bonnema

Innovation: Created an Ashtanga yoga group to help promote mental well-being within the veterinary community. In her own words, “Before I knew it, the Guelph Ashtanga Community was born! Taking the time to care for oneself is especially important in veterinary medicine.”

University of Illinois

Julie Klein

Innovation: Played a critical role in developing one of the most impactful events held annually, which is the Vet Med Open House. The event is entirely student-run and is free to attend. Julie played an instrumental role in many other events as well.

University of Minnesota

Katie Mignola

Innovation: Played a critical role in the success of the veterinary student organization VeTouch (Veterinary Outreach for Urban Community Health.) Vetouch is a veterinary student-run free clinic providing primary care to pets whose families face systemic barriers to accessible care with the goal of keeping people and pets together.

University of Minnesota

Jonathan Isla

Innovation: As a former co-president of the veterinary student organization Veterinary Outreach for Urban Community Health (VeTouch). Jonathan and his team worked with key individuals to design a clinic reopening plan, developing appointment-based outdoor and curbside clinic models.

University of Missouri

Libby Martin

Innovation: Founded Calving Technologies, to equip cattle producers with affordable, durable technology that reduces calving mortality rates and increases cattle production overall in an effort to improve the lives of farmers.

University of Montreal

Rosalie Pare

Innovation: Created and owns 50% of the organization Les Bergeries Adalie. The mission of this farm business is to produce quality meat while respecting higher standards regarding animal welfare.

University of Prince Edward Island (Atlantic Veterinary College)

Andrew Cohen

Innovation: Created new recruitment material for potential AVC students. He created and filmed a Virtual Tour Experience to give applicants an in-depth look at the PEI campus and facilities.

University of Tennessee

Brian Gleaves

Innovation: During his enrollment within the summer-long Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy, Brian developed and refined an analytic report to enhance practice implementation and usage of a customer service program.

University of Wisconsin

Zachary Meyers

Innovation: Developed an artificial intelligence software company “Vetreum,” which is a computer image detector that is designed to streamline and automate fecal float tests for parasite identification.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Jaclyn Burke

Innovation: Developed a preparation program for high school students for their Future Farmers of America Veterinary Science Competition.

Western University of Health Sciences

Nicholas Linzner

Innovation: Through the utilization of digital files, Nicholas created a tool that produces printable orthotic devices. The potential of this tool has global implications. Moreover, the tool addresses the availability and cost limitations that most practitioners encounter.