Three Kansas State University students receive Merck veterinary scholarship awards
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
MANHATTAN — Three Kansas State University veterinary students were among 18 students selected nationwide to each receive a $5,000 scholarship award from Merck Animal Health.
The company presented the students with an American Association of Bovine Practitioners Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award at the association's recent annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Merck Animal Health has sponsored the award since 2004. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.
"These recipients are capable of not only providing quality cattle care but also of serving as the driving force behind important advancements in the field of veterinary medicine in the years to come," said Rick Sibbel, executive director of food animal technical services for Merck Animal Health. "We are pleased to support such outstanding students who will, in time, make a lasting impact on our industry."
The following Kansas State University students have received the 2017 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award:
Taylor Crandall, Hillsboro, is a fourth-year veterinary student who earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Kansas State University. She spent several summers working at Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital in Concordia. After graduating, Crandall plans to work as a veterinarian in rural Kansas.
Maxwell Beal, Bakersfield, California, is a fourth-year veterinary student who earned his bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of California, Davis. Beal worked at a feedlot in Bakersfield each summer during his undergraduate career to learn how a veterinarian can help solve the challenges that cattle producers face. He intends to work as a mixed animal practitioner with an emphasis in food animal medicine after graduating.
Ben Bennett, Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a fourth-year veterinary student who is also working on a master's degree in feedlot health from Kansas State University. He earned a dual bachelor's degree in animal science and biology from the University of Findlay. While pursuing his education, Bennett has worked as a barn manager assistant and pasture manager. After graduating, he plans to own a private veterinary practice.