Merck Animal Health donates $500,000 to Texas A&M’s new animal science reproduction and biotechnology center

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Source: Merck Animal Health

Representatives from Texas A&M University present a plaque to Merck Animal Health to recognize its support of the university’s new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center. Pictured from left to right: Scott Jarvis, philanthropic advisor, Texas A&M University; Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director, livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health; Kevin Mobley, executive director, U.S. cattle business, Merck Animal Health; Todd Bilby, Ph.D., dairy technical services director, Merck Animal Health; G. Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., director of research for agrilife research and department head of animal science, Texas A&M University; Jansen Merrill, assistant director of development, Texas A&M University.

Madison, NJ – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA (NYSE:MRK), today announced a $500,000 donation to Texas A&M University for its new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center.

The new animal science center, expected to be completed in 2023, includes research labs, educational spaces, animal handling areas along with dedicated research lab space for emerging technologies and practices for both academic and industry partner use.

“We’re grateful for Merck Animal Health’s support in assisting to build this new state-of-the-art facility,” said Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research and former head of the Department of Animal Science. “This facility will advance ruminant health by identifying and developing new and innovative technologies associated with reproduction and genetic sciences and allow us to apply it to the sustainability of livestock systems.”

A $500,000 donation from Merck Animal Health will support the new Animal Science Reproduction and Biotechnology Center at Texas A&M University, shown in this illustration. Image credit: Texas A&M University.

Merck Animal Health has a long-standing relationship with Texas A&M and has provided funding and support for veterinary scholarships, internships, and research and development projects at the university.

“New technology and therapy research is important to veterinarians and producers in helping to advance sustainable livestock production systems,” said Todd Bilby, Ph.D., dairy technical services director, Merck Animal Health. “Merck Animal Health and Texas A&M share a commitment to advancing the health of animals through innovative science and research-driven solutions.”