MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA) has doubled the number of vet surgeon research bursaries it is offering this year. Three new research bursaries are being introduced in the areas of swine, poultry and aquaculture, to add to its existing two bursaries in ruminant and one in companion animal research. Veterinary surgeons are being invited to apply for one of the six bursaries, each worth up to 4,000, across the species categories.

Michelle Townley, Veterinary Advisor at MSD Animal Health comments: “These additions to our vet surgeon research bursaries is a show of support for the veterinary community. Good research forms the foundation of the industry and being awarded a bursary has proved to be a career-changing experience for some participants. Our vet surgeon research bursaries therefore have a vital role in encouraging vet surgeons to gain new knowledge and continue to develop their research skills. We’re now welcoming applications as part of our investment in the veterinary community.”

Each project should be completed within one to two years and the veterinary surgeon proposals will be judged by university academics to ensure independent assessment. The companion animal, swine and poultry research applications will be assessed by the University of Nottingham Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine, the ruminant research applications will be assessed by the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science, and the aquaculture research applications will be assessed by the University of Stirling.

The deadline for the MSD Animal Health Veterinary Surgeon Research Bursaries is 30th November 2020. For further details go to the MSD Animal Health Research Bursary website at