Merck Animal Health Named Best Animal Health Company, North America

Madison, NJ - Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), was named best animal health company in North America by IHS Markit, the most widely read publication reporting on the animal health industry. The recognition is based on the company's strong financial strength and product innovation.

IHS Markit cited Merck Animal Health's ongoing levels of growth by the company's companion pet and livestock businesses. IHS Markit also cited Merck Animal Health's combined core expertise in traditional animal health products and its market-leading position in the burgeoning digital technology solutions in the area of tracking, monitoring and traceability as major strengths.

"Being recognized by IHS Markit as the best animal health company in North America is a testament to our people," said Scott Bormann, senior vice president, Merck Animal Health, North America. "Our strong pipeline brings together holistic solutions from biopharma and animal intelligence to address our customers' animal health needs. But, at the end of the day, it is our people - the industry's best - who deliver for our customers and are fueling our success, and I could not be prouder."

Bormann added, "The steadfast focus of our teams on customer needs, from our technical services to research and manufacturing, we are focused on providing innovative products, technologies, services and insights to help our customers. Additionally, we are committed to the animals we serve, our communities, the veterinary profession and future leaders - all contributing to our unconditional support."

Merck Animal Health's commitment includes veterinary scholarships, research grants, charitable and product donations and partnerships with organizations that advance animal health.

Best New Food Animal Product
Merck Animal Health also won Best New Food Animal Product for its breakthrough technology, WHISPER ON ARRIVAL.

WHISPER ON ARRIVAL, the first technology of its kind, delivers actionable data to feedlot managers and veterinarians for objective bovine respiratory disease (BRD) control decisions. Consisting of a state-of-the-art sound collection device and a predictive algorithm, the technology analyzes an individual animal's lung sound, heart sound, rectal temperature and weight and calculates each animal's risk of developing BRD. This precision animal care technology provides real-time information to help determine a treatment plan for the animal and reduces the need for antibiotics.

"WHISPER ON ARRIVAL exemplifies how we are bringing innovative, state-of-the-art solutions to our customers to improve the health of their animals and operations," Bormann noted. "Winning the category of Best New Food Animal Product, combined with our recognition for Best Animal Health Company, caps off a very strong year for Merck Animal Health and our people."

Source: Merck Animal Health news release