MSD Animal Health launches poultry research bursary

MSD Animal Health UK 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 poultry, pigs and aquaculture, to add to its existing two bursaries in ruminant, and one in companion animal research.       

The new scheme will be available to vets across the UK, helping to support preventative healthcare and research within these industries.

“Bursaries provide numerous benefits to both professionals within the sector, and the wider industry. These additions to our vet surgeon research bursaries are a show of support for the veterinary community,” says Rebecca Geenty, Business Unit Director for Integrated Livestock, at MSD Animal Health UK.

“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.” 

As highly innovative sectors, she explains that this new support will help the industry to continue to develop, strengthening food production for both domestic and overseas trade markets.

Vets are able to apply for one of the six bursaries, each worth up to £4,000 across the species categories. The project should be completed within one to two years, and proposals will be assessed by university academics to ensure independent judgement.

“Assessors will be looking for applicants who demonstrate the quality and clarity of their research project, including setting realistic goals, the potential value of the project, and its originality,” concludes Rebecca.        

The deadline for applications to the bursary is 30 November 2020. For more information, visit the MSD Animal Health research bursary website:

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