Thanks to the generosity of Merck Animal Health, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation (AASVF) awarded $5,000 scholarships to each of five veterinary students during the AASV Annual Meeting on Feb. 29 in New Orleans. Merck Animal Health provided $25,000 to support the AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program to identify and assist future swine veterinarians with their educational expenses.

Second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled in AVMA-accredited or -recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean Islands were eligible to apply. All applicants were required to be current student members of AASV. Each applicant submitted a resume, the name of a faculty member or a member of the AASV to serve as a reference and answered four essay questions. A committee of four, including two AASV Foundation Board members and two AASV members-at-large, reviewed the applications.


The 2016 AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship recipients are:

  • Alyssa Anderson (University of Minnesota)
  • Daniel Carreno (North Carolina State University)
  • Emily Mahan-Riggs (North Carolina State University)
  • Rachel Schulte (Iowa State University)
  • Thomas Wurtz (Washington State University)