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Salmon research award launched

by the Fish Site Editor
27 March 2017, at 1:00am

A new award to support research in salmon health and welfare by tomorrows industry leaders has been launched today.

Called the High Quality Salmon Science Award, it has been initiated by MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) and will allow one recent graduate in veterinary or animal science the opportunity to present their research to an impressive number of industry specialists at an upcoming MSD meeting in Scotland.

“With growing demand for safe, affordable protein, the salmon industry is working hard to ensure the health and welfare of the stocks they are rearing,” said Dr Chris Beattie, Head of Aquaculture at MSD. “We hope to establish lasting relationships with recent graduates who are leading the way in important research and innovation that will benefit salmon health, production and welfare.”

The winner will present their research project to a group of aquaculture industry specialists at an MSD-sponsored High Quality Salmon Congress. Topics of interest include parasite challenges and solutions; infectious diseases, such as pancreatic disease (PD), Moritella, Cardiopyopathy syndrome (CMS), and Hearth and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI); antibiotic reduction; and precision medicine.

To apply, eligible graduates must submit a 300-word summary of their research project, resumé and a brief letter describing why their work deserves the award to Applications must be submitted by April 7 and the winner will be notified no later than May 1, 2017. For additional details, please visit:

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