Seeking a Veterinary Nutritionist?

The Clinical Nutrition Service at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre’s Companion Animal Hospital offers nutrition counselling for in-hospital and out-patients. You will require a referral from your veterinary healthcare team at the Ontario Veterinary College. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept referrals from family veterinarians.

European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition Diplomates are European Veterinary SpecialistTM in in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition awarded by the European Board of Veterinary Specialization. Some provide long-distance nutrition consultations for pets.

The American College of Veterinary Nutrition Diplomat Directory provides a list of board-certified veterinary nutritionists, some of whom will provide nutrition consultations for your pet from a distance.

Making a Homemade Diet

Balance-It is an excellent resource for pet parents who wish to feed a home-cooked diet for their pets. It is an easy to use tool which will provide a complete and balanced recipe formulated by a veterinary nutritionist.

PetDiets is another resource for those wishing to make a home-prepared diet for their pets. Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, inc (VNC) was established in 1989 by Dr. Rebecca L Remillard as an independent consulting service for professionals and pet owners seeking nutritional advice and is comprised of several nutritionists who are also veterinarians.

Professional Organizations

The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT), is the international academy through which licensed or registered veterinary technicians and nurses may pursue specialization in nutrition. Their mission is to advance the area of veterinary nutrition and promote excellence in the discipline.

The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) is an international association of veterinarians, animal nutrition scientists, veterinary technicians, industry representatives, and veterinary and animal science students with a common interest in animal nutrition.

The American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) is an additional organization through which veterinarians may pursue specialization in nutrition. Their mission statement is “to advance the specialty area of veterinary nutrition and increase the competence of those who practice in this field by establishing requirements for certification in veterinary nutrition, encouraging continuing professional education, promoting research, and enhancing the dissemination of new knowledge of veterinary nutrition through didactic teaching and postgraduate programs.”

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention is a non-profit organization which collects and provides updated data on pet obesity and feeding practices. The website is an excellent resource for pet owners and veterinarians alike for both obesity prevention and treatment.

The Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (CAVN) is composed of fellows dedicating their careers to veterinary nutrition. Their mission is to advocate for evidence-based animal nutrition and for veterinary nutrition education across Canada.

The European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) was founded in 1998 from the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN).  Their objective is to advance the quality of animal health care in Europe by increasing the competency of those who are active in the field of veterinary and comparative nutrition through establishing guidelines for training of specialists in veterinary and comparative nutrition; examining and authenticating these veterinary specialists to serve their patients, its owner and the public, encouraging research and advancing knowledge in veterinary and comparative nutrition and promoting dissemination of this knowledge.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has a Global Nutrition Committee. They have excellent resources for both pet owners and veterinary teams in their Nutrition Toolkit.

The Pet Nutrition Alliance is a team of veterinary nutrition professionals sharing essential knowledge of pet nutrition. Helpful resources are calorie calculators and common pet food comparisons, based on WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee’s guidelines on selecting a pet food.

Pet Food Safety

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): The CFIA regulates pet food imports and related products to prevent animal diseases from being introduced into Canada.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides some information on pet food regulation and labelling requirements. You can also follow the links to view present and past pet food recalls.

Health Canada will issue recalls on pet products which pose a risk to human health in Canada.

Blogs to Follow

Dr. Lisa Weeth is a Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM who also has an excellent, unbiased blog, Common Sense Veterinary Nutrition for pet owners and pet professionals alike.

The Kibble Queen, by Dr. Jackie Parr. Unbranded, factual nutrition information for veterinary teams from a Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM

Petfoodology, written by the Veterinary Clinical Nutrition Team at the Cummings school of veterinary medicine at Tuft’s University.

Dr. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc Guelph; Dipl ACVIM, Professor in the Department of Pathobiology who specializes in parasites and infectious diseases. He is the Director University of Guelph’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ). You can follow his great Worms & Germs Blog for excellent information and resources.


The Global Animal Nutrition Summit will be hosed by our team at the University of Guelph August 11-15, 2020 and will now be taking place virtually!

The Fuelling Wellness Symposium takes place on the last day of the Global Animal Nutrition Summit and will provide information for pet professionals from a wide array of experience and knowledge levels. There will be options for all, veterinary, pet paraprofessional and equine streams will be available to choose from. It will be presented virtually to allow for safe learning from home on August 15, 2020.

European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN) Congress will be held September 15-19, 2020.

The AAVN hosts their annual conference and research symposium to provide a venue for continuing education and to share new research and developments in veterinary nutrition. This year, the 20th Annual AAVN Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium was hosted online on June 10-11, 2020.