Merck/AAEP Foundation Scholarship Applications Due April 24

Second- and third-year veterinary students dedicated to a career in equine medicine are encouraged to apply for one of five $5,000 scholarships provided by Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.

Created in 2015, the scholarship program is open to AAEP student members who are active within any of the AAEP’s student chapters at veterinary colleges across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Students interested in applying must have the support of AAEP members and their clinical or faculty instructors. Each award will be determined based on academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to equine veterinary medicine.

Applicants must:

  • Be a national AAEP student member and active within their school’s AAEP chapter;
  • Be currently enrolled and in good standing at an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited veterinary medical school in the United States, Canada, Caribbean, or Europe with an active AAEP Student Chapter; and
  • Apply during their second or third year of veterinary school.

“Through this scholarship program, we are reinforcing our longstanding commitment to education, personal development and the science of healthier animals,” said D. Craig Barnett, DVM, Merck’s director of equine technical services. “It also allows us the opportunity to help support the cost of veterinary education, as well as recognize and celebrate the next generation of leaders. Every year, Merck Animal Health collaborates with numerous educational and veterinary organizations to ensure the advancement of animal health and we are proud to partner with the AAEP Foundation on this initiative.”

Interested students must submit an application by midnight, EDT, on April 24. To apply or for more information, visit

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