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Tools to integrate nutrition into preventive care programs.

It’s a jungle out there and with almost 5,000 different pet foods to choose from, it can be very confusing to pet parents and veterinary healthcare team members alike. Competing pet food companies are posting reasons why their products are best and the ‘others’ are a poor choice. On-line advisors make one wary of ingredients, and recalls are alarming. Pet owners have many questions about foods and fads and what’s best to feed their pets, and they crave reliable information from the health care team.

These sessions will focus on practical tips to help the primary care providers integrate nutritional care into preventive care protocols for their patients, and answer client questions.  Topics will include: Nutrition Team Approach - utilizing every member of the healthcare team, Deciphering facts from fiction - helping staff select pet foods for their patients, Communicating with clients - answering crazy questions about food, Status report -  the current facts about BEG diets (boutique exotic and grain free) and DCM, Feeding for Fitness: top five nutrition tips.

Dr. Julie ChurchillSpeaker Bio:

Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN Professor, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Churchill earned her DVM at Michigan State University and completed her PhD and residencies in Medicine/Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist TM , a Professor, and director of the Nutrition Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center as well as an Associate Medical Director of the UMN veterinary Medical Center.

Dr. Churchill is passionate about the power of nutrition in maintaining wellness and preventive care, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutrition needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition. She is also interested in teaching and improving client communication to successfully integrate nutrition into the care of every patient.  She served on the task force to develop the AAHA guidelines for weight management.  She serves as president of  the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and the educational tools committee of PNA working to develop  a "Go-to” website for credible nutritional information for veterinary practice teams and consumers.

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