Speakers-Veterinary Health Care Team Symposium

Time SlotTopicSpeakerDescription of Program
09:00-10:30Emerging Ingredients – Health and Sustainability Panel

Dr. Ben Bohrer
Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Canada

Dr. Anna-Kate Shoveller
BSc, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Canada

Dr. Tammy Owens
Assistant Professor
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary University of Saskatchewan, Canada
This panel consists of three experts in the field who will each present 20 minutes of their focus on pet food sustainability and its relation to sustainable human food supply. Audience will be invited to participate with Q&A.
10:30-11:00 BREAK
11:00-11:45Trends in Pet Feeding Practices Over the Last Decade

Dr. Sarah Dodd
BSc, MSc, PhD Cand., Res. ECVCN
Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada
With pet specialty and grocery store shelves full of a myriad of commercial diet options, it could be easy to assume these foods are fed to most dogs and cats. But what else are our furry friends eating? Have practices changed recently? This talk will explore the popular pet feeding trends and how these have or have not changed over the past ten years.
11:45-12:30Homemade Diets

Dr. Tammy Owens
Assistant Professor
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Homemade diets can be a great option to provide tailor-made nutrition to individual pets. Here we talk about the benefits and risks of homemade diets and how to discuss this topic with your clients who want to cook for their pet.
1:30-2:15It’s vital, don’t let nutrition sit idle!

Ashley Shelf
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, USA
Come learn about the 5th vital assessment, nutrition! We will talk about performing a nutrition assessment, some nutritional risk factors and how this can influence the nutritional status of dogs and cats.
2:15-3:00Getting the pet in shape: the golden tips for successful weight loss

Dr. Camila Baptista da Silva
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium
Finding it too hard to keep the diet on track? Is the pet is struggling to lose weight? If so, what can you do to ensure success? In this session you will find useful tips to add in the first consultation and in the follow-up appointments to make obese pet reach their target weight.
3:30-4:15The Art(fulness) and Science of Veterinary Conversations about Patient Nutrition

Dr. Clare MacMartin
Associate Professor
Dept. Chair of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
University of Guelph, Canada
Veterinarian-client conversation is the “glue” that holds the veterinary visit together and is thus a critical determinant of patient health. An important yet delicate topic of such conversation is animal nutrition. This presentation introduces the science of conversation analysis (CA) and what we know about the art of everyday talk to explore actual diet discussions between veterinarians and clients. By showing how different conversational moves help and hinder dietary information-gathering and intervention in real life, CA provides an evidence-based approach for identifying and refining clinical communication skills in the domain of pet nutrition.