Global Nutrition Committee

In 2011, the GNC published a detailed set of Global Nutrition Guidelines to help veterinary healthcare teams around the world to ensure that dogs and cats receive nutrition, which is tailored to their individual needs. These Guidelines are now available in ten languages, have been endorsed by 31 member associations and have been published in 17 journals. In 2012, the GNC launched a Global Nutrition Toolkit, containing a suite of resources to assist practitioners and nutritionists to educate pet owners that each pet should receive an individual nutritional assessment and recommendation. As of 2016, the Global Nutrition Toolkit contains 19 tools which are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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Mission

With many companion animals globally receiving poor quality or unbalanced nutrition, the GNC aims to:

  • Enhance awareness among the veterinary healthcare team and the public of nutrition’s vital role in optimal pet health

  • Advocate for nutrition as a key component in all veterinary and veterinary nurse/technician curricula

  • Promote the importance of performing a nutritional assessment on every animal at every visit and to make specific nutritional recommendations for each patient an integral component of patient care

  • Advance the central role of the veterinary healthcare team as the expert source of information for optimal pet nutrition

 

Vision

To help the veterinary healthcare team and the public understand the importance of nutrition in companion animal health by providing an expert source of accurate nutritional information and recommendations.

 

Co-chairs

Dr Gregg Takashima, DVM; Past president of the American Animal Association and American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians
Dr Marge Chandler, DVM, MS, MANZCVSc, DACVN, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS


History

In 2011, the GNC published a detailed set of Global Nutrition Guidelines to help veterinary healthcare teams around the world to ensure that dogs and cats receive nutrition, which is tailored to their individual needs. These Guidelines are now available in ten languages, have been endorsed by 31 member associations and have been published in 17 journals. In 2012, the GNC launched a Global Nutrition Toolkit, containing a suite of resources to assist practitioners and nutritionists to educate pet owners that each pet should receive an individual nutritional assessment and recommendation. As of 2016, the Global Nutrition Toolkit contains 19 tools which are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The GNC has hosted 1-2 day tracks at every WSAVA Congress since 2012. This year (2016) in Cartagena, Columbia, the GNC again hosted an all-day nutrition track presented with both English and Spanish power point slides.

 

Opportunities and Challenges

Research has shown that over 90% of pet owners would like nutritional advice but fewer than 15% feel they actually receive it. In some parts of the world, pet malnutrition remains a major challenge, while in other countries, pet obesity is a growing problem. Additionally, there is confusion about optimal nutrition due to the role of the internet and marketing. This presents our greatest challenge AND opportunity for the WSAVA GNC, to provide tools and support to the veterinary healthcare team so that clients and their pets can benefit from the valuable and trusted nutritional information from them, and, in turn, help pets live longer and healthier and happier lives.

 

Quantification of Impact

The GNC continues to collate and archive most of the publications and presentations that refer to or use the Guidelines or Toolkit, as well as tracking the open rate and time spent on our website. Current statistics, which may be under-reported, as we rely on notification from speakers, industry and professors, as to when they are using or referring to our information:

  • 25 Publications
  • Over 100 presentations worldwide (USA, Europe, Asia, India, Africa)
  • WSAVA Congresses 2012 to current
  • NAVC track 2017
  • WSAVA Congress track 2017, Copenhagen


We are also planning to repeat a survey that has been performed with UK nursing students and with attendees of the South Africa Congress in Copenhagen, measuring the awareness of the WSAVA Guidelines and Toolkit.

 

Current Members

Committee Members
(3 nutritionists, 2 internists, 1 dean, 1 nutrition nurse, 3 private practitioners) 

  • Martin de Scally, BVSc, BVSc (Hons), BVSc (MMed), Hilton Veterinary Hospital, (South Africa)
  • Rachel Lumbis, MSc (VetEd), BSc (Hons), PG Cert (MedEd), RVN, Cert SAN, FHEA. Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing, Royal Veterinary College, (UK)
  • Adriana López Quintana, DVMT, Clinical Director of a Small Animal Clinic in Maldonado, (Private practice, Uruguay, South America)
  • Minna Rinkinen, VMD, PhD, Adjunct Prof University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Gregg Takashima, DVM, Co-Chair (USA) 
  • Ping-Chih (Ben) Teng, BVM (National Veterinary Hospital, Taiwan)
  • S Yathiraj, DVM, PhD (Dean, Bangalore Veterinary College, India)
  • Lisa P. Weeth, DVM, Dipl. ACVN, (USA)
  • Marge Chandler; DVM, MS, MANZCVSc, DACVN, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS. Co-Chair. (Scotland)
  • Cecilia Villaverde Cecilia Villaverde Haro, BVSc, PhD, DACVN, DECVCN (Spain)

 
WSAVA Liaison

  • Colin Burrows, BVetMed, Ph.D

 

Advisors

  • Peter van Beukelen, DVM, PhD, Professor Quality Improvement in Veterinary Medicine (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Nick Cave, BVSc, MVSc, MACVSc, DACVN (Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine, Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, New Zealand)
  • Clayton MacKay, DVM (Veterinary Consultant, Canada)
  • Patrick Nguyen, DVM, MS, RDH, Dipl. ECVCN (University of Nantes, France)
  • Betina Rama, DVM, INSEAD Diplomate of Clinical Organizational Psychology (Consultant, Argentina)
  • Ross Tiffin (Commercial Coordinator, International Society for Feline Medicine, United Kingdom)
  • Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN (Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, USA)  

 
Educational Supporters

  • Royal Canin/Mars
  • Nestle Purina Pet Care
  • Hills Pet Care


 

WSAVA Nutrition Assessment Guidelines

 

The outcome of the committee’s work was the development of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Assessment Guidelines that have since been endorsed by a growing number of veterinary medical associations. These guidelines have been first published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice and have since appeared also in the following publications:

 

  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  • Australian Veterinary Practitioner
  • Asociación de veterinarios de pequeños animales
  • Associaçao nacional de clínicos veterinario de pequenos animais
  • Asociación de médicos veterinarios de pequeños animales de Perú
  • Colegio Veterinario Médicos Veterinarios Zootecnistas
  • Asociación de Veterinarios Especializados en Animales de Compañía de Argentina
  • Journal of Commonwealth Veterinary Association (in Press)
  • Indian Journal of Canine Practice (in Press)
  • Indian Veterinary Journal (in Press)

 

Translations

The original guidelines as well as translations to thefollowing languages can be downloaded from http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/global-nutrition-guidelines

 

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portugese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee & the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA)

When the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) made the decision to develop the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, the Association also made the commitment to support the development of educational resources to increase compliance with the guidelines’ recommendations. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) used the AAHA guidelines to develop the WSAVA Global Nutritional Assessment Guidelines. WSAVA has committed to developing tools to support this initiative globally. To promote the importance of nutrition in the health of pets worldwide, the following organizations have been working together on what has now become known as the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA).

 

  • American Animal Hospital Association

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition

  • American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association

 

Acknowledgement

 

The committee recognizes the work of the American Animal Hospital Association Nutritional Assessment Guideline group for their leadership and work in putting the initial guidelines in place. The WSAVA committee used these guidelines as a template for our work and then modified them to fit the more divergent feeding practices of dogs and cats around the globe.

 

WSAVA and the Nutritional Assessment Guidelines committee would like to recognize the educational grant from Hill`s Pet Nutrition to fund the expenses of this project to date. This grant has been made with the desire to have other major manufacturers join them in the consortium to support the overall project of better nutrition for companion animals.

 

   

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