SPOTLIGHT: Merial Veterinary Scholars Program
Since 1989 we've sponsored the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, awarding grants so that veterinary students in the U.S., Canada, and Europe can get hands-on research experience—and helping launch new generations of exceptional vets and scientists.
2016’s Veterinary Scholars Award winners were Dr. Victoria Baxter,who received the Merial Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians, and Laura LoBuglio, who received the Merial Veterinary Scholar Research Award.
Dr. Baxter earned her DVM from Texas A&M, is boarded in Laboratory Animal Medicine and completed her Ph.D. in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Cellular and Molecular Medicine program in January 2016. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research was on interferon gamma modulation of disease manifestation and the local antibody response to alphavirus encephalomyelitis.
Ms. LoBuglio is a third-year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota and conducted her research at the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute and Schulze Diabetes Institute. She presented on the identification and inhibition of oxidative stress-induced apoptosis pathways in beta cells in diabetes.
Both award recipients are contributing significantly to industry biomedical knowledge, and support Merial’s greater program goal of advancing world-renowned and industry-leading research. In 2017, Merial will continue to co-sponsor the symposium with the National Institute of Health at the NIH headquarters in Washington, D.C.