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Tilapia researchers to vie for new prize

Recent graduates are being offered the chance to present their tilapia-related research to an aquaculture meeting in São Paulo this June.

The offer is being made by MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) which is sponsoring the 2018 High Quality Tilapia Science Award in support of research in tilapia health, production and welfare.

The company will award one recent graduate in veterinary or animal science with the opportunity to present their research to an array of industry specialists at their upcoming High Quality Tilapia meeting, which is taking place in on 19-21 June.

“MSD Animal Health is proud to invest in the future of young researchers,” said Chris Beattie, MSD’s head of aquaculture. “With growing demand for safe, affordable protein, the tilapia industry is working hard to ensure the health and welfare of the stocks they are rearing. It is our hope to establish lasting relationships with recent graduates who are leading the way in important research and innovation that will benefit tilapia health, production, and welfare.”

Application details

To apply, candidates must submit a 300-word summary of their research project, resume and a brief letter describing why their work contributes to the improvement of the tilapia industry to HQAquaAward@merck.com. Applications must be submitted by April 20, 2018.

Eligible graduates must have completed, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in the past 12 months and have completed research for an applied project in either veterinary or animal science with an emphasis on tilapia. Topics of interest include antibiotic reduction, welfare, precision medicine, innovations in aquaculture, infectious diseases, and parasite challenges and solutions. The winner will be notified no later than May 25, and must be available to present their research in person. MSD will assume responsibility for travel expenses incurred. 

Rob Fletcher

Rob Fletcher

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