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New Pet Nutrition @ OVC website provides practical, science-based knowledge

Pet nutrition @ OVC website bannerPet owners and veterinarians alike are benefiting from a recently launched website at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Launched in mid-June, the Pet Nutrition at OVC website provides science-based and practical pet nutrition information in an easy-to-digest format.

Developed by the pet nutrition team at OVC, the website came together during the spring months of 2020 - with team members working remotely from their respective homes - and was launched in mid-June.

Current and Past Members of the Ontario Veterinary College Nutrition Team“This website is truly a team effort,” says Prof. Adronie Verbrugghe, associate professor in canine and feline clinical nutrition in OVC’s Department of Clinical Studies. “The credit for web design and web development goes to Alex Rankovic, PhD candidate, and Shoshana Verton-Shaw, RVT VTS-nutrition, but all graduate students and summer students provided extensive leg work in gathering and preparing content for this new website." A Clinical Nutrition Technician, Verton-Shaw's position is supported by Purina Proplan Veterinary Diets.

“We want to pass along the knowledge that our team is learning through various research and clinical activities and make that relevant for all the readers of our website – members of the veterinary community at OVC, veterinary healthcare teams, pet owners and other pet nutrition enthusiasts,” adds Verbrugghe.

The website’s ‘Before the Bowl’ blog provides tips and expert information on pet nutrition, from tackling hot topics such as raw food diets to practical tips on using food toys and keeping food bowls clean.

The website also highlights research that graduate students have produced and celebrates their successes. “We post announcements about conference presentations and awards, as well as a list of publications,” adds Verbrugghe, who is also the Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition. “For pet owners interested in participating in research, we include descriptions of current research trials with notices for recruiting canine or feline subjects.”

“Some of the information available on the website features practical resources for pet parents and veterinary health care teams,” notes Prof. Sarah Abood, assistant professor of clinical nutrition in OVC’s Department of Clinical Studies. “Veterinary professionals are often too busy to find the time to have meaningful educational conversations about nutrition.”

An additional aim of the new website, adds Abood, is to share excellent science based, yet practical, information that veterinary health care teams can provide to their clients. “We have future plans for posting videos and handouts that can be easily accessed for pet parents, too!”

Want to know more? Sign up for emails on the new website or follow Pet Nutrition @ OVC on Facebook and Twitter.