Webinars for the whole veterinary team

CAVN Webinar Series 2021

Speakers
Shoshana Verton-Shaw
Dr Sarah Dodd
Drs. Abood & Ribeiro
Dr. Belén Pérez Márquez
Robin Saar
Dr. Younes Chorfi

Start Date
Sep 15, 2021
Sep 22, 2021
Oct 6, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Free Webinar Series brought to you by the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
The Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition seeks to advocate for evidence-based animal nutrition education across Canada and the world, as a means of improving the health and wellbeing of animals for the benefit of the society at large. Founded by a group of eight Fellows, the CAVN provides an entirely Canadian context for the dissemination of credible nutrition information, while encouraging collaboration within the greater community of veterinary experts throughout Canada. Since its inception, the CAVN has grown to 10 Fellows consisting exclusively of either Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists®, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVMs) who completed or are completing a clinical nutrition residency, or Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) who have completed their Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in nutrition. For more information please visit: www.CanVetNutrition.ca.

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We are grateful for the generous financial contributions of Nestle Purina that have made this Free Webinar Series possible.
All educational content being delivered through this Free Webinar Series has been developed by the CAVN.
Lecture 1 – Communicating Value in Veterinary Nutrition
with Shoshana Verton-Shaw
That bag of food is HOW MUCH!” How does the nutrition-savvy RVT fit the therapeutic diet recommendation into a tight budget? The best diet will not work for patients if the pet will not eat it, so true if the pet guardian will not purchase it! More families are struggling following the global pandemic, it behooves us to ensure we can make the best recommendations for both our patients and clients. Communication tools will be utilized to ensure a full history factors in budget, while maintaining professionalism in a judgement-free manner. Attendees will learn to “think outside the bag” in nutrition assessments and recommendations in treating our clients right, while finding the best for our patients. Attendees will learn to assess even the most expensive diets in practice, to ensure they fit the budget of their clients.

Shoshana Verton-Shaw

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Shoshana graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus with honours and as the recipient of the Award for Proficiency in Canine and Feline Nutrition in 2007. She became the first Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario to achieve her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition in 2015 and has been active with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians since. Shoshana enjoys sharing and igniting a passion for veterinary nutrition in her peers, with a special interest in canine and feline obesity management and performance dog nutrition. Along with her dogs, Kinetic and Iron, Shoshana is an active member of the German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada, T.O.P. Working Dog Club, and the Kitchener-Waterloo German Shepherd Club.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.
Lecture 2 – Treats, Snacks, and Complementary Feeding Strategies
with Dr. Sarah Dodd
With the ever-growing issue of obesity in the pet population, the role of extra calorie sources needs to be addressed. In this lecture, Dr. Dodd will discuss methods of obtaining detailed diet histories in a time-efficient manner and strategies on how pet parents can keep feeding the love without overfeeding their companion.

Sarah Dodd

BVSc, MSc, PhD Student, ECVCN Resident

Dr. Dodd completed her veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand. During the course of her studies, she developed a passion for nutrition and jumped straight into a nutrition internship and MSc immediately post grad. Her internship eventually transitioned into a residency, just as the foundations built in her MSc formed the basis for continuing PhD research. Currently, Dr. Dodd is preparing to undertake the board-certifying examination for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition and is scheduled to defend her PhD thesis early in the new year.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.
Lecture 3 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease – How to Use and What to Avoid
with Drs. Sarah Abood and Erico de Mello Ribeiro
This course covers the importance and nutritional requirements of Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), for dogs and cats during health and disease. An up-to-date review will summarize scientific evidence regarding dosage and current recommendations for EPA+DHA supplementation in conditions such as cardiac disease, epilepsy, and cognitive dysfunction. Examples of calculations will also be used to define EPA+DHA requirements and, if supplementation is required, how much should be used. Differences in sources of Omega-3 fatty acids will be covered, such as vegetable, fish, and algae oils, as well as the limitations with the use of EPA+DHA supplements.

Sarah Abood

DVM, PhD

Dr. Sarah Abood is a veterinary nutritionist and educator who is consulting with the pet food industry and veterinary health care teams. She performs regular contract work for Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc. and also offers nutritional coaching for members of health care teams. From 2018 to 2020, Dr. Abood taught small animal nutrition and supervised the Clinical Nutrition Service at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr. Abood served from 1999 to 2016 as Assistant Dean of Student Programs at the Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In that capacity she also taught small animal nutrition, communication skills, animal welfare and veterinary leadership. Between 1994 and 1999, she worked in Research and Development at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, MO. Sarah completed her nutrition residency and PhD at The Ohio State University, a large animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota, and her DVM degree at Michigan State University. Sarah enjoys teaching and speaking, as well as writing with colleagues; she has co-authored several dozen scientific articles and book chapters.

Erico de Mello Ribeiro

MV(DVM), MSc, PhD

Dr. Erico Ribeiro obtained his veterinary degree (MV) at Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) in Brazil in 2010, where he also completed a residency in small animal medicine in 2012. Following, he completed a residency, a master’s and a PhD in nutrition and clinical nutrition of dogs and cats at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP). He joined the Ontario Veterinary College Clinical Nutrition Team in 2020 as a Doctor of Veterinary Science student and a resident of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. His research focuses on feline fatty acid metabolism.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.
Lecture 4 – Home-cooked Diets: What to do if a pet owner is making food at home
with Dr. Belén Pérez Márque
An increasing number of pet owners are interested in feeding home-cooked diets. In this lecture, Dr. Márquez will discuss how to evaluate a home-cooked diet from a general practitioner perspective, what to recommend, and how to assess and monitor a dog or cat when a pet owner is looking to feed or is already feeding a diet that is cooked at home.

Belén Pérez Márquez

DVM (MVZ)

Dr. Belén Márquez, is originally from Mexico City and completed her veterinary degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2018. As part of her graduation requirements, she worked for the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry, and published a thesis focused on the evaluation of minerals in pet food. Nutrition was already a passion for her and decided to pursue this specialty. After graduation, Dr. Márquez headed to Ames, Iowa to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Iowa State University where she was mainly working on ER. This internship helped her grow personally and professionally to improve her veterinary practice. The next step to become a nutrition specialist consisted of completing a Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Residency. Dr. Márquez finished this year her residency program at the University of California, Davis and is currently working at a private practice in the California Bay Area, where she can continue having direct contact and developing relationships with pets and clients. She is also getting ready to complete her requirements and become a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist through the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.
Lecture 5 – Making the Use of Feeding Tubes Mainstream in General Practice
with Robin Saar
Do you struggle with how to get an anorexic pet to eat? Feeding tubes, particularly nasogastric and esophagostomy tubes are non-invasive, low-stress nutrition tools that appear to be underutilized in veterinary practices. This session will look at the “what kind”, “why use”, and “how-to” when discussing feeding tubes in general practice.

Robin Saar

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Robin graduated from the now TRU University, and completed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 1996. Robin’s professional experience includes working in small and mixed animal practices as an RVT and Practice Manager, along with managing a large canine, feline, and equine boarding facility. She successfully completed her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition (June 2019), and a certificate in both Small Business Human Resources, and Small Business Management . Her current role as the National Nutrition Ambassador at Vetstrategy is a one of a kind role for an RVT. She looks forward to sharing her passions as an RVT with others. “Nutrition is a part of every pet, every day”.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.
Lecture 6 – Qu’en est-il de la relation entre l’alimentation et la cardiomyopathie dilatée chez le chien (FRENCH)
with Dr. Younes Chorfi
Objectifs d’apprentissage:

(1) les éléments de la diète qui affecte la fonction cardiaque
(2) les chiens affectés
(3) relation entre la nourriture et la cardiomyopathie dilatée chez le chien

Younes Chorfi

DVM, MSc, PhD

Le Dr Younes Chorfi a obtenu son diplôme de vétérinaire en 1994, il est diplômé de l'Institut agronomique et vétérinaire de Rabat, au Maroc. Il a ensuite complété une maîtrise en 1999 et un doctorat en 2005 en sciences vétérinaires à la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal où il est professeur titulaire de «nutrition, alimentation et production animale». Le Dr Chorfi est actuellement directeur du Département de biomédecine vétérinaire à la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.

Speakers

Shoshana Verton-Shaw

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Shoshana graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus with honours and as the recipient of the Award for Proficiency in Canine and Feline Nutrition in 2007. She became the first Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario to achieve her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition in 2015 and has been active with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians since. Shoshana enjoys sharing and igniting a passion for veterinary nutrition in her peers, with a special interest in canine and feline obesity management and performance dog nutrition. Along with her dogs, Kinetic and Iron, Shoshana is an active member of the German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada, T.O.P. Working Dog Club, and the Kitchener-Waterloo German Shepherd Club.

Sarah Dodd

BVSc, MSc, PhD Student, ECVCN Resident

Dr. Dodd completed her veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand. During the course of her studies, she developed a passion for nutrition and jumped straight into a nutrition internship and MSc immediately post grad. Her internship eventually transitioned into a residency, just as the foundations built in her MSc formed the basis for continuing PhD research. Currently, Dr. Dodd is preparing to undertake the board-certifying examination for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition and is scheduled to defend her PhD thesis early in the new year.

Sarah Abood

DVM, PhD

Dr. Sarah Abood is a veterinary nutritionist and educator who is consulting with the pet food industry and veterinary health care teams. She performs regular contract work for Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc. and also offers nutritional coaching for members of health care teams. From 2018 to 2020, Dr. Abood taught small animal nutrition and supervised the Clinical Nutrition Service at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr. Abood served from 1999 to 2016 as Assistant Dean of Student Programs at the Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In that capacity she also taught small animal nutrition, communication skills, animal welfare and veterinary leadership. Between 1994 and 1999, she worked in Research and Development at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, MO. Sarah completed her nutrition residency and PhD at The Ohio State University, a large animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota, and her DVM degree at Michigan State University. Sarah enjoys teaching and speaking, as well as writing with colleagues; she has co-authored several dozen scientific articles and book chapters.

Erico de Mello Ribeiro

MV(DVM), MSc, PhD

Dr. Erico Ribeiro obtained his veterinary degree (MV) at Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) in Brazil in 2010, where he also completed a residency in small animal medicine in 2012. Following, he completed a residency, a master’s and a PhD in nutrition and clinical nutrition of dogs and cats at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP). He joined the Ontario Veterinary College Clinical Nutrition Team in 2020 as a Doctor of Veterinary Science student and a resident of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. His research focuses on feline fatty acid metabolism.

Belén Pérez Márquez

DVM (MVZ)

Dr. Belén Márquez, is originally from Mexico City and completed her veterinary degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2018. As part of her graduation requirements, she worked for the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry, and published a thesis focused on the evaluation of minerals in pet food. Nutrition was already a passion for her and decided to pursue this specialty. After graduation, Dr. Márquez headed to Ames, Iowa to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Iowa State University where she was mainly working on ER. This internship helped her grow personally and professionally to improve her veterinary practice. The next step to become a nutrition specialist consisted of completing a Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Residency. Dr. Márquez finished this year her residency program at the University of California, Davis and is currently working at a private practice in the California Bay Area, where she can continue having direct contact and developing relationships with pets and clients. She is also getting ready to complete her requirements and become a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist through the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).

Robin Saar

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Robin graduated from the now TRU University, and completed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 1996. Robin’s professional experience includes working in small and mixed animal practices as an RVT and Practice Manager, along with managing a large canine, feline, and equine boarding facility. She successfully completed her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition (June 2019), and a certificate in both Small Business Human Resources, and Small Business Management . Her current role as the National Nutrition Ambassador at Vetstrategy is a one of a kind role for an RVT. She looks forward to sharing her passions as an RVT with others. “Nutrition is a part of every pet, every day”.

Younes Chorfi

DVM, MSc, PhD

Le Dr Younes Chorfi a obtenu son diplôme de vétérinaire en 1994, il est diplômé de l'Institut agronomique et vétérinaire de Rabat, au Maroc. Il a ensuite complété une maîtrise en 1999 et un doctorat en 2005 en sciences vétérinaires à la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal où il est professeur titulaire de «nutrition, alimentation et production animale». Le Dr Chorfi est actuellement directeur du Département de biomédecine vétérinaire à la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal.

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