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MSD Animal Health Research Bursary for Veterinary Surgeons

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MSD Animal Health views its investment in research and the pursuit of new knowledge as the lifeblood of the veterinary industry. For over six years we have invested in the creation of new research from veterinary surgeons through the Ruminant Research Bursary, and for over 25 years supported veterinary student research through the Connect Bursary, as part of our investment in the future of the profession.

In 2017 we increased our support for veterinary surgeon led research to include a new companion animal research bursary. This year we want to continue to build on this foundation and encourage even more vets to get involved.

The 2019 MSD Animal Health Research Bursary will be welcoming applications from veterinary surgeons from 1st August 2019. Applications are encouraged from all veterinary surgeons registered and working in Great Britain, including those working in general practice. The award structure is as follows:

  • Three awards of up to £4000 each will be awarded to veterinary surgeons annually. This will consist of two ruminant research bursaries and one companion animal research bursary for research in specific disease/subject areas.
  • Each project should be completed within 1-2 years.
Research Bursary - Surgeon

Successful applications will be encouraged to present or publish their findings, as a poster or abstract, at a relevant UK veterinary conference.

To ensure a fair and transparent process in the awarding of a bursary, applications will be independently assessed by academics at a UK university. Procedures have also been put in place to keep all applicant details anonymous from MSD Animal Health. It is therefore essential that veterinary surgeons adhere to a particular application process, details of which can be downloaded from this site. Project design and application proposal guidelines are also available below. For any veterinary surgeons with further queries please email:

The deadline for entries is Friday 29th November 2019.