Melissa Masters attends the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in animal and dairy science. Melissa is pursuing a dual degree, with a master’s degree in production medicine focused on beef cattle, in addition to studying veterinary medicine. Masters has worked hard to learn about the many facets of agriculture that she was not exposed to while growing up in Winchester, Va. Her experience includes research and work in a variety of environments including small-animal clinics in metropolitan areas, feedlot consultant practices, ranches and feedlots. She would like to be a consultant and conduct applied research at a large feedyard, later returning to an academic institution to teach and continue research.
Claire McPhee attends North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, N.C. She grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by agriculture. She worked as a research assistant in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at Yale University after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. After two years of work, she began her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied disease trends among populations of workers and the analytical tools of population medicine. After volunteering at a free health clinic in rural India, McPhee realized that veterinary medicine combined her love for animals with her love of science and medicine. She would like to gain clinical experience in a private practice or pursue further training after graduation.
Judd Sims attends the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Fla., where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Sims grew up in Simsville, Fla., a small farming community established by his great, great grandfather. Sims was active in 4-H and FFA and enjoyed showing and judging livestock. He worked as a technician in two small-animal practices, assisted with large-animal research and interned at AgReserves Inc., a corporation that operates farms and ranches in North and South America, Europe and Australia. After graduation, Sims hopes to be a professor of food-animal medicine and surgery at a college of veterinary medicine, where he will conduct research, lecture and teach clinical skills.
About Merck Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com.