Merck Animal Health has announced its sponsorship of the 2017 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award in support of research in swine health, production and welfare. Known as MSD Animal Health outside the U.S. and Canada, Merck Animal Health will award one recent doctoral graduate in veterinary or animal science the opportunity to present his/her research to an impressive number of industry specialists at upcoming MSD Animal Health High Quality Pork meetings to be held in Europe, the Americas and Asia in 2017. 

“As a company committed to the Science of Healthier Animals, Merck Animal Health is proud to invest in the futures of young veterinarians and veterinary scientists,” says Rika Jolie, DVM, Ph.D., MBA, global technical director, Swine, Merck Animal Health. “We hope to establish life-long partners to further important and ongoing research and innovation that will benefit swine health, production and welfare.”

To apply, eligible graduates must submit a 300-word summary of their research project and a brief letter describing why they deserve the award. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2017, to


Eligible graduates must have completed doctoral (PhD) research for an applied project in either veterinary or animal science with an emphasis on swine and defended their doctoral degree in the past 12 months. Topics of high interest include anti-infective reduction, welfare, precision medicine, infectious diseases, such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, porcine circovirus, Lawsonia and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, and reproductive management.

The winner will be notified in mid-February and must be available to present their research at the 2017 High Quality Pork congresses in Europe (Austria), March 22-23; North America (Miami), April 5-6; and China (TBD), Oct. 30-31.

For additional details or to apply, click here.