13 August 2018

MSD Animal Health Announces Winner of 2018 High Quality Poultry Science Award

Winning Study Investigates Link Between Poultry Diet and Abatement of Odor to
Support Growth of Poultry Industry

Chengdu, China, August 9, 2018 – MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, today awarded Nischal K. Sharma, PhD, from the University of New England, Australia, the 2018 High Quality Poultry Science Award for his groundbreaking work in linking poultry diet with odor emissions in poultry production. The award was granted at the High Quality Poultry Congress for Asia Pacific & Southern Africa in Chengdu, China. 

“Dr. Sharma’s focus on identifying solutions for the issue of lessening odor emissions in poultry production is emblematic of the advanced thinking we want to recognize with the High Quality Poultry Science Award,” said Taylor Barbosa, DVM, Ph.D., ACPV, Executive Director, Global Poultry Marketing, MSD Animal Health. “The demand for poultry products is growing, and the industry’s ability to grow with that demand will in large part depend on controlling the impact on nearby communities and the environment.”

The High Quality Poultry Science Award, established in 2017, supports research in poultry health, production and welfare by tomorrow’s industry leaders. Through the award, MSD Animal Health gives three masters or doctoral students, who recently received degrees in veterinary or animal science with an emphasis on poultry, the unique opportunity to present their research to industry specialists at the High Quality Poultry meetings in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Two additional award winners (one per region) will be announced at meetings in Argentina (3Q2018) and Europe (4Q2018).

Eligible graduates must have completed master or doctoral (PhD) research for an applied project in either veterinary or animal science, with an emphasis on poultry, and defended their degree in the past 12 months. Topics of interest include infectious diseases, such as infectious bronchitis (IB), Newcastle disease (ND), infectious bursal disease (IBD), infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), reovirus (REO), Salmonella or Campylobacter, as well as Poultry Red Mite control, general welfare, hatchery health, antibiotic reduction and environmental impact.

One student per region will be selected and must be available to travel and present their research in their respective regions. 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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