Merck Animal Health and the AVMF are dedicated to supporting exceptional veterinary students. Merck Animal Health is proud to show its dedication to veterinary students by providing $5,000 scholarships to second and third year veterinary students. Students attending international schools with 5- and 6-year programs should contact their administrative office to determine the school's eligibility requirement.
Merck's partnership with AVMF over the last several years has provided scholarships for over 280 veterinary students, many of whom have gone on to become young leaders in the veterinary field.
**APPLICATIONS are no longer being accepted for the 2020-2021 Merck Animal Health Scholarship program. Check back in November for details about the next scholarship cycle **
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Colorado State University
"I am honored to receive the Merck Animal Health Scholarship as, by relieving some of the immense financial burden associated with a veterinary education, it allows me to more comfortably focus on my education, including summer externships. With this added financial freedom, I look forward to being the best student and doctor I can be for my future patients and clients."
"It is truly an honor to have received the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award significantly supports my efforts in preparing myself to become an effective veterinarian for our planet and our great species through the lens of One Health. I am incredibly grateful to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health for this opportunity."
“Receiving the Merck Animal Health Scholarship is a tremendous honor, and I am very humbled to have been selected from amongst so many deserving candidates. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden associated with my clinical year and will allow me to complete externships that will be vital for me to achieve my dream of becoming a veterinary podiatrist.”
Iowa State University
“It is a true honor to be selected for such a prestigious award as the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Merck Animal Health Scholarship! This generous scholarship will impact my future immensely with reduced financial stress during my 4th year of veterinary school and overall reduced debt when I graduate in May 2021.”
McKenzie Beals Weber
Kansas State University
“I feel blessed to be one of the recipients of the 2020 Merck Animal Health Scholarship! This scholarship will help relieve some of the financial strains as I progress through the second year veterinary curriculum at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It is inspiring to know that the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Merck Animal Health are investing in my goal of becoming a small animal orthopedic surgeon.”
Louisiana State University
“Receiving this scholarship means a great deal to me and is a huge honor. It will help reduce the financial burden from educational and medical debt. I have faced many health challenges this past year, but I persevered and continued to work hard towards my career endeavors. I have dedicated my life to the care and welfare of animals, and I am incredibly excited to be part of such a versatile profession. This scholarship will carry a large impact as I continue to work towards achieving my career goals.”
Michigan State University
"I’m extremely grateful to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health scholarship. This scholarship has a tremendous impact in allowing me to pursue networking and training opportunities outside of the veterinary curriculum such as conferences, presentations, out-of-state externships, and more. I’m grateful for this investment in my prospective career in veterinary pathology, where I can contribute on the forefront of comparative medicine to both animal, human, and environmental health."
"Thank you so much for the scholarship! I have worked hard to put myself through school and the financial strain is a major challenge, but with assistance from the AVMA and Merck Animal Health it alleviates the burden and frees my mind to focus on my academics rather than finances. I am so grateful I was chosen. With the help from organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Foundation I feel supported to keep pursuing my career passion as a food animal veterinarian."
North Carolina State University
"I extend my deepest gratitude to the AVMF scholarship committee, Merck Animal Health, and AVMA staff as well as everyone who makes AVMF scholarships possible. I am honored to receive this scholarship. It will have a lasting impact on my veterinary education and career. Receiving this award will aid my finances during my clinical year significantly. While on clinics, I won't be able to work my 3 part-time jobs, so this scholarship will allow me to afford the increased tuition of final year, as well as aid with the additional costs of required off-campus externship experiences."
"Receiving the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship will help alleviate the constant source of financial anxiety that I, like many others, experience during the course of the DVM program. It will furthermore grant me opportunities to expand my horizons in pursuing externship opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. As I enter the final year of my veterinary program, I am humbled by the generosity of scholarship programs like these that continue to support rising veterinarians."
"I am extremely grateful, honored, and humbled to have been chosen to receive this amazing scholarship. I am currently a 2nd year Puerto Rican vet student at NCSU and I know this financial help will support me in achieving all my goals in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine. It is thanks to foundations like AVMF that I am able to be more focused on following my dreams and becoming the best person and doctor I can be."
Paola Cruz Ramos
"Thanks to the AVMF Scholarship, I am able to enhance my education and career preparation for an ophthalmology residency by allowing me to attend externships, conferences, and present research. I am so grateful! Thank you AVMF!"
“It is an honor to be the recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. It will help alleviate the financial burden of pursuing an education in veterinary medicine and serve as an inspiration as I continue on my career path.”
St. George's University
“I am extremely honored to be selected by AVMF to receive Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship. With the help of this scholarship, I can pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and giving back to underserved areas around the world by participating in various externships. I want to make a difference in not only animals' wellbeing but also their owner’s life as well. This scholarship has helped me alleviate the financial stress associated with school’s tuition as well as externship expenses.”
Texas A&M University
"This scholarship is a blessing for me and allows me to focus more on my professional and academic goals. My ultimate goal is to graduate with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M and to continue to serve my country and community as a veterinarian in the Army Veterinary Corps. By receiving this scholarship, it has made me realize that other people do see potential in me and, therefore, has helped me gain confidence in myself and my accomplishments."
"This scholarship represents the dedication that the AVMF and Merck Animal Health have for ensuring the success of those within the veterinary industry. It will allow me to focus on bettering myself both personally and professionally by removing some of the financial stress associated with schooling expenses. I am so grateful to have received this scholarship to help me on my educational journey as I pursue my dreams to become a large animal internal medicine specialist."
“Scholarships such as these have amazing impacts on students in this field. Student debt can be a very daunting prospect for up-and-coming veterinarians, and having generous benefactors willing to help shoulder that burden truly makes all the difference in the world. I will never be able to thank those who have helped me get to where I am enough, and this scholarship is a wonderful example and reminder of the generosity of others in our profession.”
The Ohio State University
"This scholarship will have a tremendous impact on my life! I cannot imagine doing anything other than veterinary medicine; however, veterinary school is costly. This scholarship will take some of the financial burdens off of my shoulders and allow me to focus on my education and future! I cannot thank AVMF enough for their generosity!"
"I am truly honored to have received such a prestigious award from the AVMF. My family always encouraged me to pursue my dreams, no matter where they take me. With this scholarship, I plan to do just that: taking chances, making big decisions, and helping those of whom can’t help themselves. Thank you for believing in me and enabling me to go farther, dream bigger, and give back to the ones who need it most."
"I am incredibly humbled to accept the Merck Animal Health scholarship. This generous financial support of my professional education will allow me to worry less about the financial burden of veterinary school and allow me to devote more energy towards my veterinary training. I could not be where I am today without the incredible generosity of others. I look forward to the day that I am able to turn around and support the next generations of aspiring veterinarians. My most sincere gratitude to Merck Animal Health for their commitment to veterinary students and the Scholarship Review Committee of the AVMF for selecting me for this scholarship."
"Receiving a scholarship from the AVMF will not only aid me financially throughout veterinary school, it will also help me achieve my financial goals when beginning my career. I aim to eliminate my student debt within 7 years of graduation, and this scholarship accelerates me towards my objective!"
"I am incredibly grateful to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Merck Animal Health for providing this opportunity! This scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden of veterinary school, allowing me the flexibility to pursue elective opportunities during my clinical year that will ultimately help me to become a better veterinarian."
"I am incredibly grateful to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health for granting me this prestigious award. This generous scholarship will contribute to the cost of my veterinary education, minimizing the financial burden of tuition and allowing me to focus more of my time and energy on the veterinary school curriculum. Upon completing my education, I look forward to making an impact by combining my passion for service with my interest in animal health to give back to my community and colleagues."
"I am honored to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This gift will make a huge difference in my educational pursuits by lifting the financial barriers to externships at amazing veterinary hospitals around the U.S. An honor such as this helps motivate me to become a leader and make an impact in veterinary medicine."
"I am incredibly honored to have been selected to receive this scholarship from the AVMF and Merck Animal Health. As a dual-degree veterinary student aiming to work in policy and public service at the federal and international/multilateral levels, I will use this scholarship to cover costs related to my veterinary education and continue to advance multidisciplinary thinking within veterinary medicine for the advancement of One Health. Receiving this scholarship has reinforced my determination to have an impact and accomplish my future career goals as a veterinarian. I sincerely appreciate this support for my professional endeavors."
University of Calgary
“I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. Thank you to everyone involved in the selection process for your support. The scholarship will help me work towards my goal of completing my DVM program. Veterinary school is a busy and exciting time, this scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies and continue to strive to become the best veterinarian I can be. Like many students, I try to balance my coursework, extra-curricular activities, and part-time work. The financial support from this scholarship helps to remove some financial stress and enables me to invest my time in my studies and community activities. Thank you for enabling me to pursue my passion for building a rewarding career in veterinary medicine!”
University of California - Davis
"It is an honor to receive AVMF's Merck Animal Health Scholarship! As I move into my clinical year this award will undoubtedly alleviate the stress which comes along the financial burden of a veterinary education and allow me to pursue my areas of interest within vet med. It will allow me to pursue externships and other clinical experiences so that I can maximize my learning. I am so grateful to Merck and the AVMF for their generosity."
"In conjunction with helping me combat student debt, this scholarship will greatly impact my ability to pursue my career goals and, thus, get one step closer to making a difference within my profession and community!"
"I am very thankful and honored to have received the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This award will help me in achieving my goal of becoming a veterinary oncologist. Currently, I will be able to focus more time on my studies and summer clinical rotations since this scholarship will lessen my financial burden. I am extremely grateful and will continue working hard. Thank you."
"I am so incredibly grateful to be selected for the AVMF scholarship. Being awarded this honor strengthens my confidence in my abilities as a veterinarian and reinforces my passion for helping others, both animal and human. It also helps me have one less thing to worry about in the face of financial and personal hardship, as I continue to support my dad in his fight against ALS. Thank you to AVMF and Merck Animal Health for supporting my veterinary education!"
University of Georgia
“The AVMF/Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship will help me tremendously in achieving my goals and allow me to develop into a knowledgeable, curious, and empathetic veterinarian. These funds will not only support me through my school education, but also support extracurricular activities like my summer internship in Cambodia caring for landmine detecting rats. Thank you for supporting me in my journey to becoming a veterinarian!”
University of Illinois
"I am truly honored to receive the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. Through this generous support, it is possible for me to continue to achieve my education while lessening the financial burden that comes with it. I will be able to focus more on my studies and decrease the amount of hours I spend working at my part time job. Thank you so much for the generous support."
"I am honored and incredibly grateful to have financial aid towards my DVM degree in the form of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. By easing the financial burden of my third year of veterinary school, this scholarship will allow me to continue to work towards my goal of an internship and residency in emergency and critical care medicine upon graduation."
"I am so incredibly fortunate to be a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to continue allotting my time to working on my clinical knowledge and clinical skills, along with organizing more experiences for my peers. I have grown so much since my acceptance to veterinary school and the Merck Animal Health Scholarship will provide me the opportunity to grow into the well-rounded veterinarian I've always dreamed of becoming."
"This scholarship will impact my future as a veterinarian. With the aid from this scholarship I will be able to focus on my clinical year and career preparations. The scholarship will alleviate time and worries and allow me to hone my skills that will allow me to pursue my dream of being an emergency veterinarian."
University of Pennsylvania
"I would like to thank the AVMF, Merck Animal Health and the volunteers and staff of the Scholarship Review Committee for this scholarship award. The funds from this scholarship will help defray some of the expenses associated with veterinary school so that I can confidently pursue a career in equine medicine. I am so grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship and will continue to pay it forward by giving back to my profession through the remainder of my schooling and as a practicing veterinarian."
"Receiving this scholarship will allow me to complete the externships necessary to prepare for a residency in pathology and I could not be more thankful to the AVMF and Merck Animal Health for providing this opportunity!"
University of Tennessee
“This scholarship means a lot to me because it lightens my financial burden by allowing me to focus less on financial constraints and more on the most important aspect of my education: learning and retaining knowledge for future application. This includes travelling to externships and shadowing/interviewing at various veterinary hospitals. This scholarship also means a great deal because it helps me feel acknowledged in my veterinary education. Veterinary medicine, and veterinary school in particular, is a very competitive profession and it truly makes me feel very honored and special to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship. Merck Animal Health Scholarship puts me one step closer to my dreams of becoming a respected small animal veterinarian.”
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
“As a second-year student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, I am pursuing avian and exotics medicine, while maintaining active engagement in organized veterinary medicine. The Merck Animal Health Scholarship through the AVMF is an incredible, humbling opportunity and I am honored to be a recipient. This scholarship will be essential in my ability to focus on my veterinary education and make a difference in veterinary medicine. I will be able to pursue my passions of providing accessible care to non-traditional avian and exotic pets and serve in organized veterinary medicine by advocating for our profession on local and national levels.”
Western University - California
“This scholarship has a profound impact on my veterinary education. By helping with my student debt, it allows me to explore the scope of veterinary medicine through pursuing extra-curricular experiences and volunteering.”
Bangladesh Agricultural University
"It makes me happy to be a recipient of Merck Animal Health Scholarship 2019 - 2020. This scholarship ensures the maximum financial support to continue my academic career, research activities and extra-curricular activities. This award will help me to operate a voluntary organization, "Obhoyaronna" and its impact on my community awareness about vaccination, AMR and animal welfare. I am very much hopeful that the scholarship will help me to continue my research project and get a good result from this project."
"It’s an honor to me taking this prestigious scholarship from your organization. This scholarship will help me to run my academic career smoothly. Moreover it will contribute a great part in my research project “Lowering the cost of production of cell cultured based anti-rabies vaccine”. Besides that, it will encourage me to overcome any kind of future challenges related to animal welfare and my academic career."
Abdullah Al Sadik
"This scholarship will be a massive financial support as well as emotional support for me as it has strengthened my belief in myself. The financial assistance will be a great help to me in paying my educational expenses. It will greatly help me to focus in my education and put all my energy to become a perfect veterinarian. This contribution will also boost me to do more work for the companion animals and their welfare."
Naeem Ahammed Ibrahim Fahim
"I am glad to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship. It will give me a great financial support to continue my academic career and extra-curricular activities. This award will reduce my stress over the lack of money and help me to successfully operate the organization “Youth Rise in the Dawn’s Light” as well as my research project. It will also help me to successfully run my farming club ‘Farmers Club’ as well as animal welfare."
"This award gives me the financial support to complete my graduation and my undergoing research project. It also helps to run my farming club named “Buffalo information center” and other animal welfare activities. It helps me to achieve my goal to improve Hemorrhagic Septicemia vaccine and so on."
"I am glad to inform you that this scholarship gives me the maximum financial support to complete my graduation as well as my undergoing research. This award helps me to successfully operate a voluntary organization namely “Animal Protection Network” as well as it helps in animal welfare. I hope I will successfully run an “Animal Disease Diagnosis Center” with the help of this Scholarship."
"This scholarship will help me to complete my graduation and undergraduate research. This award gives me the financial strength to complete my research project. It will provide me the financial support to start the vaccination programme again. Honestly, I would like to say that, my eagerness and inspiration to do more practical research on animals will be increased. After my graduation I will use the rest of it in research purpose."
"This scholarship will give me a great financial support to continue academics, research activities and extra-curricular activities properly. The scholarship will help to operate “SHAPNO” (Livestock Farmer School) properly which will have impact on my community awareness on farm management, antimicrobial resistance, zoonosis, biosecurity, proper disposal of carcass, food safety, value of vaccination and animal welfare that reduce diseases outbreak, increase production and provide food safety. The fund of this scholarship will help me to bear on my academics and further research."
"This scholarship has given me the strength to keep moving forward with my future effort in my academic work and accomplish my goal. This financial support will help me to complete my undergraduate research project and my graduation. I will try my best to establish a small animal care centre with the help of this scholarship and after my graduation I want to use the rest of it in research purpose."
Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
"It is an great honour to have this prestigious scholarship from AVMF which will help me to pursue my dream and study well. This scholarship will aid me to complete my commitment to my profession and society. I would like to thank the scholarship review committee of AVMF for considering me capable enough to receive the AVMF Merck Animal Health Scholarship and giving this honour."
"I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the Merck Animal Health Scholarship. I plan to utilize this opportunity to its full potential. Now i can enhance the activities of my Organization 'Srijoni'. Moreover it will help to lessen my economic burdens as well as help me to know more about exotic birds. I am pretty confident that I will be able to pursue my dreams now."
"I am so grateful to Merck and to AVMF for making this prestigious scholarship possible for me. I can’t explain in words how happy I am. This scholarship will be a massive financial support as well as emotional support for me as it has strengthened my belief in myself. The financial assistance will be a great help to me in paying my educational expenses. It will greatly help me to focus in my education and put all my energy to become a perfect veterinarian. This contribution will also boost me to do more work for the companion animals and their welfare. Thank you for your generous, financial support towards my education to achieve my goals and dreams."
"I am sincerely honored and so grateful to AVMF and Merck Animal Health for selecting me as the recipient of this prestigious Scholarship. It is so hard to express my gratitude to you in words. Receiving this scholarship will make me more driven than ever to fulfill my dreams. This contribution will also encourage me to do work for the rural areas people and farmers who suffer in various problems with their domestic animals and birds. I would like to thank you for your generosity which has allowed me to continue my education beyond the financial barrier and give me the opportunity to accomplish my cherished goal."
"I am deeply grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the very prestigious Merck Animal Health Scholarship. Your generosity will allow me to pursue my dreams. I plan to continue my veterinary education and eventually build a career in the research and development area. However, the financial condition of my family were not allowing me to pay for university without taking a loan. Your generosity will help me focus on my academics without having to worry about the tuition fee. This will greatly help me concentrate in my higher education and it will inspire me to do work for the welfare of animals and society. Thank you for this wonderful act of kindness."
Sirajul Islam Sagar