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Merck unveils new companion animal and equine business lead


The company has promoted from within to fulfill the role.

Christine Royal, DVM, is transitioning into her new role as associate vice president of companion animal health and equine business at Merck Animal Health. Royal has been with Merck since 2014, formerly holding the position title of executive director of the companion animal and equine professional services.

Christine Royal, DVM (Image courtesy of Merck Animal Health).

“[Royal] has played an instrumental role in leading our company’s efforts to promote stronger animal welfare practices, and to bring increased awareness to the mental health and wellbeing issues faced by the veterinarian profession,” says Scott Bormann, senior vice president, North America in a press release. “We look forward to her continued leadership, both within our organization and throughout the animal health industry.”

After earning her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Royal went on to practice small animal and mixed animal medicine over her 20-year career, and still holds an active license in both Alabama and Tennessee.

“Caring for animals—and the people who look after them—are 2 areas I have always been passionate about,” Royal says. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our veterinary customers and industry partners, while leading Merck Animal Health’s efforts to advance the science of healthier animals.”

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