In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that comes with it, we want to assure that our organizing committee is monitoring the situation closely. Moreover, we are exploring the feasibility of alternative conference formats, although it is our hope that this health crisis will be averted well before August 2020.
The Ontario Veterinary College and the Ontario Agricultural College are proud to be hosting the first Global Animal Nutrition Summit, August 11-15, 2020 at the University of Guelph.
We are honoured to bring together eight international animal nutrition organizations for the first time, with the goal of creating an inclusive global venue for veterinary, animal and comparative nutritionists to discuss animal nutrition research. A 3-day summit; August 12-14, 2020; entitled “What Does the Future Hold for Feeding Animals?”, will showcase important and fascinating topics through thought-provoking discussions from our five invited speakers: Dr. Evan Fraser, Dr. Mary Beth Hall, Dr. Benjamin Bohrer, Dr. Thomas Wolever, and Dr. Angelo Tremblay.
We also aspire to increase nutrition awareness among anyone who is passionate about feeding animals. On August 15, 2020, following the main conference, we will be hosting a single-day symposium, entitled “Fuelling Wellness – Developing Your Animal Nutrition Tool Kit” offering continuing education to veterinary health care professionals, companion animal paraprofessionals (pet store employees, breeders, trainers), and equine enthusiasts. We encourage all attendees of the 3-day summit to stay and participate in the Fueling Wellness symposium.
Many speaking opportunities will be available for the next generation of animal nutrition researchers and clinicians during the 3-day summit and the 1-day symposium as mini-reviews, poster presentations and case reports. Our objective is to assist as many graduate students as possible to attend and present their work. With this in mind, sponsorship opportunities will be available. Please check out our abstract submission page for more details.
Graduate students and residents are also encouraged to take full advantage of our pre-congress event, occurring on August 11, 2020. This event will allow students to network, and make new connections and acquaintances from around the world. Furthermore, we will feature speakers and workshops focused on many important topics, such as mental health and wellness, data analysis, mentorship and knowledge translation.
There will be a number of networking opportunities during the conference, starting with our welcome reception on Wednesday August 12, 2020 and concluding with our gala dinner on Friday August 14, 2020. Additionally, we are proud to offer a choice of six fieldtrips for our attendees on Thursday August 13, 2020. Some options will include, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Toronto Zoo, a trip to the world-famous Niagara Falls, and a tour of both the historic St. Jacob’s Farmers Market and the picturesque town of Elora.
We are grateful to the many members of our global and local organizing committees, in addition to our sponsors and volunteers, who have allowed us to make this one-of-a-kind conference possible! Without their assistance and hard work, none of this would have been achieved. Please take the time to greet our sponsors and volunteers, and thank them for their continued support. We hope you appreciate the scientific program and networking opportunities available, and have a wonderful experience in Guelph!
Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, DECVCN
Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller, PhD
Dr. Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD