Katie Venters of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) class of 2019 is one of five students in the country to receive a $5,000 scholarship awarded jointly by American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Foundation and Merck Animal Health, the global animal health business unit of the pharmaceutical company.
The announcement of the award stated that “Katie has gained extensive experience working alongside poultry veterinarians in the field, as well as at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. She plans to work as a poultry veterinarian at an animal health company.”
Fred Hoerr, D.V.M., Ph.D., and AAAP Foundation President, explained the vision for the scholarship award program, saying “Merck Animal Health’s support of these scholarships should provide considerable encouragement to the next generation of veterinarians to stay the course on their career path in poultry food production. It can be a demanding path, yet it’s also a rewarding one, as their careers in poultry medicine will help meet the increased need for a safe, wholesome food supply.”
The 2017 recipients will be recognized at the AAAP Annual Conference in Indianapolis this July.