Welcome to the official website of the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program!
Veterinary scientists play a critical role in the discovery and development of new vaccines and pharmaceutical products for veterinary and human health. The Merial Veterinary Scholars Program provides an opportunity for veterinary schools to introduce first and second year veterinary medical students to biomedical research.
By providing a supportive environment in which students can experience research in an established laboratory, complemented by seminars and discussion groups on the scientific process, ethics, and research opportunities, the participants will gain insight into careers in biomedical research.
At the end of the program, students present their findings at a symposium, co-sponsored by Merial and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and also attend state-of-the-art lectures by research scientists working in academic, government, and private research settings. The symposium is recognized as one of the premiere national meetings for veterinary student research.
Since the foundation of the program in 1989, thousands of students have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the process of research. In 2012, we funded 184 students in 36 schools. The program includes students at every veterinary college in the US and Canada and has recently expanded to include veterinary colleges in the Netherlands and France.
Please explore the redesigned website to find out more about the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, including links to participating schools, applications for research awards, information on other research opportunities, and a look at our annual Symposium, co-sponsored by Merial and the National Institutes of Health, where students present their research findings and mingle with leading researchers from academic, government and private research.
Roberto Alva DVM, MS, PhD
Executive Director, Merial Veterinary Scholars Program