Veterinary nutrition resources


Looking to kickstart your nutrition know-how? Here's a handful of recommended tools and resources to get you started in your quest for nutrition success.

Pet food manufacturer tools:

Hill’s Pet Nutrition (

> Hosts education-based tours at Hill’s Global Pet Nutrition Center

> Offers free nutritional consultation hotline for veterinarians, technicians, and veterinary students

> Provides online educational resources, including Veterinary Nutritional Advocate and Healthy Weight Protocol

Purina (

> Offers online nutrition modules to veterinary team members for CE credit and rewards

> Developed a series of handouts for pet owners that help distinguish nutritional myths from facts

> Offers downloadable “GI Diagnostic” mobile app

Iams and Eukanuba (

> Offers the handbook Nutrition: A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals

> Developed a series of technical bulletins—both for clients and veterinary professionals—with information on nutritional topics

> Created client nutrition education tool “Deciphering Fact From Fiction”

Nutro and Greenies ( and

> Launched a new veterinary portal on the Greenies Facebook page, which has tools on how to effectively use social media to educate clients on the importance of proper nutrition and dental healthcare.

> You’ll also find CE-accredited webinars and other free educational resources on the site.

Suggested websites:

American Animal Hospital Association’s Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (

Pet Nutrition Alliance (

Veterinary Information Network (

Veterinary Nutritional Consultations (

VetVine (

Suggested textbooks:

Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush (2010). Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. Mark Morris Institute.

National Research Council (2006). Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. National Academies Press.

Wortinger (2007). Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.

McNamara (2013). Principles of Companion Animal Nutrition. Prentice Hall.

Chivers, Langer (2005). The Digestive System in Mammals. Cambridge University Press.

Stevens, Hume (2004). Comparative Physiology of the Vertebrate Digestive System. Cambridge University Press.

Pitcairn (2005). Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Rodale Press, Inc.

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