Kathleen Heaney, DVM, has been named Executive Director of Technical Services for Merck Animal Health’s recently formed U.S. Companion Animal and Equine Team. In her new role, Dr. Heaney will oversee the team’s technical services and pharmacovigilance groups. She initially joined the company in 2010 and most recently served as Director of Companion Animal Technical Services.
“I’m honored to lead this team of talented veterinarians who focus on helping ensure the health and well-being of animals every day,” said Dr. Heaney. “Some days that means we educate and on others we are consultants and a resource. No matter what we are doing on any given day, one thing is constant--and that’s our commitment to advancing science for healthier animals, for the well-being of pets, and the pet parents and veterinarians who care for them.”
With more than 20 years of experience in antiparasitic, anesthetic and bone biology research and development, Dr. Heaney has contributed to the launch of several notable animal health products including SCALIBOR (deltamethrin), ACTIVYL (indoxacarb) and Bravecto (fluralaner). She first worked in general veterinary practice for seven years before joining American Cyanamid Company and later Fort Dodge Animal Health, which was the beginning of her career in animal health pharmaceutical research and development.
A board member for the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation, Dr. Heaney also is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Heartworm Society and American Association of Veterinary Pathologists. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and holds several antiparasitic patents. Dr. Heaney earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.
For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, 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 range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. 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 www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.