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March 11, 2019 | by admin
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., March 12, 2019 – Merck Animal Health was acknowledged as the Inaugural Founder Donor in the Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) during the at the USPOULTRY International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) last month in Atlanta. The company has made the commitment to contribute USD 500,000 over 5 years to create an endowment to the advancement of education in the poultry sector. Merck Animal Health has a long history of supporting the Poultry Science Association with supporting Graduate Fellowship grants.
Dr. Taylor Barbosa, Merck Animal Health Global Poultry Lead, revealed the establishment of the Merck Animal Health Continuing Education Endowment. Dr. Jim Denton, Executive Director, PSA Foundation, recognized three individuals; Dr. Charlie Broussard, National Account Manager, Mr. Travis Boatwright, Executive Director US Poultry Business, and Mr. Shannon Kellner, Executive Director US Livestock Business Unit, who were pivotal in securing the initial Ph.D. Fellowship grant, for their generosity and confidence in the PSA Foundation leading to the decision for establishment of the endowment.
Dr. Barbosa revealing the pledge to establish the Merck Animal Health Continuing Education Endowment
“Merck Animal Health is committed to supporting future generations of poultry scientists,” said Dr. Taylor Barbosa, Merck Animal Health Global Poultry Lead, we lead by the “Science of Healthier Animals” and through investing in this partnership of our company with PSA, we aim to support young talent, like Maria Arendt, to fully develop their skills in research to advance the field of poultry health.
The Merck Animal Health Continuing Education Endowment is structured to provide the necessary support for a three-year period to a qualified Ph.D. graduate student pursuing a career in poultry science. The application and selection process will be a nationwide effort to identify the exceptional candidate to explore the scientific complexity of areas of study required to contribute to advancement of poultry health and performance.
Dr. Bielke stated “the PSA Foundation is grateful to be a partner with Merck Animal Health in recognizing the importance of supporting future poultry scientists and our quest to promote poultry graduate fellowships. We appreciate Merck’s generous gift, which will be a tremendous help as we recruit and support promising students to the poultry industry”.
Dr. Maria Arendt, 2017 Merck Animal Health Ph.D. Fellow, stated “I’m sincerely thankful for Merck’s contribution to my graduate education through its support for higher education and passion for innovation. Merck really exemplifies why I have chosen to pursue a career in the poultry industry.
The Capital Campaign was launched by the PSA Foundation in January 2015 and aims to develop scientific leaders in subject matter areas, such as poultry genetics, health and nutrition, and food safety and quality, for the poultry enterprise and allied industry. Funds of the Capital Campaign are used to award undergraduate internships, undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, travel grants and preceptor/mentoring grants.
The PSA Foundation is a charitable corporation affiliated with the Poultry Science Association with the primary purpose of advancing the founding principles of PSA. Since founded in 2004, the PSA Foundation has worked to support a variety of initiatives, such as the Legacy Project that digitized and indexed issues published since 1906 of Poultry Science, one of PSA’s journals. To learn more about the PSA Foundation, the Capital Campaign, how to donate or the student application process, visit www.poultryscience.org/foundation.
For over a century, Merck has been a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck.. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier AnimalsTM, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
The Poultry Science Association is an association committed to research and the dissemination and application of knowledge that supports the poultry industry. PSA is a professional organization that consists of approximately 1,700 members across the globe. For additional information about PSA, visit www.poultryscience.org.
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