Three new research bursaries are being introduced by MSD Animal Health UK.

The company has doubled the number of vet surgeon research bursaries it is offering this year.

The new bursaries are in the areas of poultry, pigs and aquaculture, to add to the existing two in ruminant and one in companion animal research.

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

Rebecca Geenty, business unit director for integrated livestock at MSD Animal Health UK said: “Bursaries provide numerous benefits to both professionals within the sector, and the wider industry.

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"These additions to our vet surgeon research bursaries are a show of support for the veterinary community.

“Good research forms the foundation of the industry and being awarded a bursary has proven 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.”

This new support is intended by the company to 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.

Rebecca added: “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."

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