Merck’s animal health division, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced that effective today it will begin using the new name MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada.

Merck’s animal health division, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced that effective today (June 29, 2011) it will begin using the new name, Merck Animal Health.

However, the company will be known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada.

Raul Kohan, president of Merck Animal Health, said: “The name change reflects Merck’s commitment to animal health and its complementary role to the overall business.

“We are unwavering in our commitment to veterinarians, producers, pet owners and society as a whole. We aim to generate additional value and sustained growth by continuing to provide integrated solutions with innovative animal health products and services to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

“With the scientific and business backing of Merck, Merck Animal Health possesses the necessary mix of resources to enhance our position as an industry leader.”

The name change follows the joint announcement on March 22, 2011 by Merck and sanofi-aventis that ended plans to form a new animal health joint venture. Both companies mutually decided to discontinue their agreement primarily because of the increasing complexity of implementing the proposed transaction.

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