MSD Animal Health names 2019 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award recipient

Cristina Rojo Gimeno DVM, MSc, PhD has been named the recipient of the 2019 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award, which supports research in swine health, production and welfare, by MSD Animal Health.

Dr Rojo Gimeno, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ Headquarters in Rome, Italy, will have the opportunity to present her research to a large group of swine industry specialists at upcoming MSD Animal Health High Quality Pork meetings to be held in Europe, Asia and Latin America in 2020.

Dr Rojo Gimeno’s research focused on the responsible use of antimicrobials and the role of data, information and expert advice improving livestock production systems with a specific focus on prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials and optimizing biosecurity and targeted vaccination in pig production in Flanders, Belgium.

She obtained her DVM at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zaragoza, Spain and her MSc at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), and was awarded a Ph.D. at Ghent University (Belgium) and funded by the Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO).

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Cristina Rojo Gimeno and her research as part of our commitment to advancing the future of young veterinarians and veterinary scientists and the Science of Healthier Animals,” said Rika Jolie, DVM, Ph.D., MBA, global swine lead at MSD Animal Health.

“We believe this opportunity will help prepare graduate students for their vital roles within our industry and it is our hope to establish long-term partnerships with them to further ongoing research and innovation.”

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