2 March 2018

MSD Animal Health Calls for Tilapia Science Award Submissions

Applications Due by April 20, 2018

Madison, NJ, March 2, 2018 – MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2018 High Quality Tilapia Science Award in support of research in tilapia health, production and welfare. The company will award one recent graduate in veterinary or animal science with the opportunity to present their research to an impressive number of industry specialists at an upcoming MSD Animal Health High Quality Tilapia meeting to be held in June 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil.

“MSD Animal Health is proud to invest in the future of young researchers,” said Chris Beattie, Ph.D., Head of Aquaculture, MSD Animal Health. “With growing demand for safe, affordable protein, the tilapia industry is working hard to ensure the health and welfare of the stocks they are rearing. It is our hope to establish lasting relationships with recent graduates who are leading the way in important research and innovation that will benefit tilapia health, production, and welfare.”

To apply, candidates must submit a 300-word summary of their research project, resume and a brief letter describing why their work contributes to the improvement of the tilapia industry to HQAquaAward@merck.com. Applications must be submitted by April 20, 2018.

Eligible graduates must have completed, at minimum, a  Bachelor’s degree in the past 12 months and have completed research for an applied project in either veterinary or animal science with an emphasis on tilapia. Topics of interest include antibiotic reduction, welfare, precision medicine, innovations in aquaculture, infectious diseases, and parasite challenges and solutions.

The winner will be notified no later than May 25, 2018, and must be available to present their research at the 2018 High Quality Tilapia congress in São Paulo, Brazil on June 19-21, 2018. The company will assume responsibility for travel expenses incurred.

About MSD Animal Health

For more than a century, MSD, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of MSD. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, MSD Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. MSD 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. MSD Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.msd-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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