Merck Animal Health announced a $100,000 sponsorship to the University of Georgia – College of Veterinary Medicine, in Athens, Georgia during an award presentation at last week's International Production & Processing Expo. The sponsorship will provide educational support to a student attending the College’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) over a three-year period.

The sponsorship award recipient, Grace Ashby, is a doctoral candidate. Ashby earned a B.S.A. in avian biology from the University of Georgia, has served as a poultry surgery teaching assistant and completed internships at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network in Oakwood, Georgia, and Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Athens, Georgia. Ashby looks forward to continuing her education through research and contributing to the development of new vaccine methods and respiratory health.

Every year, Merck Animal Health collaborates with numerous educational and veterinary organizations to ensure the advancement of animal health. This sponsorship program is part of a broader commitment to education, students and the future of the industry.