The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is excited to announce a new collaboration with PrideVMC 2021 Gold Partner, Merck Animal Health!


Dr. Dane Whitaker (he, him, his), PrideVMC Board President shares, “We are very excited to work with the Merck Animal Health team with a focus on our #1 strategic priority of education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of antiracism and intersectionality.”


merck animal health logo“The veterinary industry is stronger when we celebrate all individuals, appreciate our similarities and differences, and partner together in support of our profession,” said Christine Royal, DVM, associate vice president of the companion animal & equine business unit, Merck Animal Health. “Through this collaboration with PrideVMC, we’re eager to showcase today’s leaders in veterinary medicine and the LGBTQ+ community who are making our industry stronger, more innovative and brighter for the future.”


Merck Animal Health joins a notable list of PrideVMC partners including including Boehringer Ingelheim, Zoetis, Banfield Pet Hospital, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Covetrus, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, NVA, VCA, VEG, Nationwide Pet Insurance, and Relief Rover. We are grateful for these partnerships as we strive towards a vision of an empowered LGBTQ+ veterinary community that embraces wellbeing by being their authentic selves.


For details on partnering with PrideVMC or joining as a member, please contact us at or visit our website


About PrideVMC
The mission of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community.  We do so by striving to foster acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations within the veterinary medical profession and community. We fight discrimination, build collaborative networks, and support LGBTQ+ veterinary students through mentorship and scholarship programs. ​PrideVMC membership is open to the entire animal health and veterinary community regardless of role, race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status. Allies are welcome!
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About Merck Animal Health
For 130 years, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter at @MerckAH.
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