CAVN Webinar Series - Vet Education

Webinars for the whole veterinary team

CAVN Webinar Series

Speakers
Shoshana Verton-Shaw
Dr. Sarah Abood
Dr. Jackie Parr
Dr. Caitlin Grant
Dr. Allison Wara

Start Date
November 4, 2020
November 11, 2020
November 18, 2020
November 25, 2020
December 2, 2020
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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Lecture 1 – Decoding Pet Food Labels – Part 1
with Shoshana Verton-Shaw
Decoding Pet Food Labels” is designed to examine and compare different types of food labels, including over-the-counter diets, treat packages, a few supplements, and several product guides for veterinary therapeutic diets. By examining what is and is not on the label, participants will gain a better understanding of how and when different products might be appropriate for specific canine and feline patients.

Part 1 will include these topics: pet food regulation; required label elements; details about nutritional adequacy statements; differences for life stage nutrition; complete and balanced vs. intermittent feeding.

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 – Decoding Pet Food Labels – Part 2
with Dr. Sarah Abood
Decoding Pet Food Labels” is designed to examine and compare different types of food labels, including over-the-counter diets, treat packages, a few supplements, and several product guides for veterinary therapeutic diets. By examining what is and is not on the label, participants will gain a better understanding of how and when different products might be appropriate for specific canine and feline patients.

Part 2 will include: using the circle of nutrition for patient assessment; calculating energy requirements, calculating protein content of over-the-counter diets, and calculating ideal body weights for canine and feline patients.

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 – Alternative Diets: Leading Confident Conversations with Pet Owners
with Dr. Jackie Parr
Increasingly pet owners have questions about alternative diets and the available options keep increasing! From homemade diets to commercial raw meat-based diets to commercial kibble with raw meat added, advice from the veterinary healthcare team has never been more critical to help pet owners make informed choices. This lecture will focus on both alternative diet education and how to have supportive conversations with pet owners.

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 – Starting Puppies and Kittens Off Right
with Dr. Caitlin Grant
Growth is arguably the most important period in a dog or cat’s life, and it is important to start them off on the right track when it comes to nutrition. This talk will focus on a review of the nutrient requirements for puppies and kittens, how to select a food, and how to monitor growth during the first year. Furthermore, given the prevalence of overweight and obese pets in North America, tips on how to focus on obesity prevention will be shared.

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 – A Nutritional Approach to Urolithiasis: Common Cases and Conditions

with Dr. Allison Wara

Urolithiasis is a frequent occurrence in small animal veterinary practice. In this webinar, Dr. Wara will review common causes of urinary stones, with an emphasis on nutritional strategies for treatment and prevention.

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 Abood

DVM, PhD

Following her veterinary training, Dr. Sarah Abood completed a one-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. Under the guidance of Dr. Tony Buffington at The Ohio State University, she completed a clinical nutrition residency and PhD. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Abood worked as a nutrition scientist at the Ralston Purina Company, followed by a 16-year stint at Michigan State University as Assistant Dean for Student Programs and the small animal clinical nutritionist. She joined the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Guelph in June 2018 where her focus is on providing nutrition consultations for in-hospital patients, teaching nutrition to veterinary students, and collaborating on nutrition projects with faculty and graduate students.

Jackie Parr

BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVN

Dr. Jackie Parr (aka The Kibble QueenTM), a Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM and one of only 81 Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, is a proud Canadian who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, USA with her beloved Boston Terrier. Festooned with veterinary and academic designations that speak to a passion for science and veterinary medicine that borders on obsession, Dr. Parr is among the elite where pet nutrition is concerned. A natural educator, Dr. Parr is widely sought after in professional circles as both a public speaker, and as a specialist for consults on the most unique and emergent nutritional cases. She is a passionate nutrition advocate and an accessible expert with feet planted firmly in both the academic and practical worlds of specialized nutritional medicine. She is a proud Founding Member of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and you can find more about Dr. Parr at www.kibblequeen.com.

Caitlin Grant

BSc, DVM, DVSc

Dr. Caitlin Grant is originally from Markham, Ontario and completed her undergraduate degree in animal biology earning a BSc at the University of Guelph. She then attended the Ontario Veterinary College and graduated with honors in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Grant became an associate veterinarian in a private, mixed animal practice working with mostly canine, feline and bovine patients. Dr. Grant thoroughly enjoyed her time in private practice, especially the daily interaction with clients and their pets, as well as the opportunity to strengthen the veterinary-client relationship. Dr. Grant had an interest in nutrition before she became a veterinarian, and this interest grew during her three years in private practice. Nutrition plays a vital role in the health and well-being of animals and this was seen daily in appointments with small animals as well as on the farm with food production animals. Dr. Grant made the decision to return to the Ontario Veterinary College and just recently completed a Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) degree and a nutrition residency through the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN).

Allison Wara

BSc, DVM, DACVN

Dr. Allison Wara was born and raised near Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Zoology and later, the Atlantic Veterinary College with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Wara worked for several years at a small animal general practice hospital in Ottawa before pursuing a post-doctoral residency program in clinical nutrition at the University of Missouri. She worked for 3 years on faculty at the University’s Veterinary College where she taught senior level vet students in the clinical years of the curriculum. During this time, she also served as Director of the veterinary hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Nutrition Clinic. Dr. Wara is currently a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and works as a Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist and Scientific Communications Specialist for Royal Canin Canada.

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