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Global Nutrition Guidelines

The Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) began life in 2010 with the initial task of developing global nutrition guidelines, which were first published in 2011. The goal of these guidelines is to help the veterinary healthcare team and pet owners ensure that dogs and cats are on an optimal nutrition plan tailored to the needs of the individual dog or cat.

Global Nutrition Guidelines

WSAVA Global Nutrition Assessment Guidelines (English)


Following on from the launch of the WSAVA’s Global Nutrition Guidelines in 2011, its Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) has developed a suite of tools.  These include practical aids for the veterinary healthcare team to make Nutritional assessment and recommendations more efficient, such as a diet history form, hospitalized patient feeding guide, body condition score charts, and calorie recommendations for dogs and cats.  In addition, educational materials for pet owners have been developed. More tools are in development and will be added to this site. These tools are designed to help the veterinary healthcare team address Nutrition at every patient visit and to advance the central role of the veterinary healthcare team as the expert source of Nutrition information.


Nutritional Assessment Tools for the Healthcare Team

As the 5th vital assessment - after temperature, pulse, respiration, and pain assessment – Nutritional assessment should be performed on every patient at every visit. These tools have been developed to help to effectively incorporated into every visit.

For dogs and cats in the hospital, providing optimal nutrition and careful monitoring is key to recovery.

  • The Feeding Guide for Hospitalized Dogs and Cats can help the veterinary healthcare team select the appropriate patients that require Nutritional support, the optimal route, and to quickly determine calorie goals.
  • The Feeding Instructions and Monitoring Chart provides a step-by-step approach to determining appropriate calorie needs and writing effective feeding instructions, as well as a comprehensive Nutrition monitoring chart for hospitalized patients.

Tools for Pet Owners

  • Information on the Internet can be confusing and there is lots of myth and misinformation on the topic of pet Nutrition. These guides (one for cat owners and one for dog owners) provide tips on effectively and objectively using the Internet. In addition, both include a list of useful and accurate Internet resources on pet Nutrition.
  • ​Nutrition on the Internet dogs Most pet owners consider the ingredient list to be the most important factor in choosing a pet food. However, the ingredient list gives no information on the quality of the ingredients and can be very misleading on the overall quality of the food. The WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee tool provides owners with recommendations on how to use more important information from the label to select the best food for pets.

WSAVA Food Label Guides


Frequently Asked Questions and Myths


  News & Extra's



The global nutrition guidelines have been endorsed by the following associations:
  • Argentina - AVEACA.
  • Australia  - Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia.
  • Belgium - SAVAB.
  • Brazil - ANCLIVEPA-Br.
  • Bulgaria - Bulgarian Association of Small Animal Veterinarians BASAV.
  • China - Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • China - Shanghai Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Denmark -  DSAVA.
  • ECVCN - European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition.
  • Finland - Finnish Association of Veterinary Practitioners.
  • France - AFVAC.
  • International Society of Feline Practitioners (ISFM).
  • Iran - Iran Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Korea - KAHA.
  • LAVECCS - Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
  • LSAVA -  Lithuanian Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Mexican Association of Veterinary Medical Specialists in Small Species: AMMVEPE.
  • Netherlands - Netherland Association for Companion Animal Medicine.
  • New Zealand - Companion Animal Society of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.
  • New Zealand - New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association.
  • Nigeria - Small Animal Veterinary Association of Nigeria.
  • Norway - Norwegian Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Peru – AMVEPPA.
  • Poland - Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Portugal - Associacao Portugesa de Medicos Veterinarios Especialistas em Animais de Companhia (APMVEAC)
  • Russia  - RSAVA.
  • Singapore - Singapore Veterinary Association.
  • Spain - Asociacion de Veterinarios Espanoles Especialistas en Pequenos Animales (AVEPA).
  • Sri Lanka – Small Animal Practitioners Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Sweden - Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Switzerland - Schewizerische Vereinigung Fur Kleintiermedizin SVK-ASMPA.
  • Taiwan - Taipei Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Thailand - Veterinary Practitioner Association of Thailand.
  • UK – British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • USA – American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.
  • USA - American Animal Hospital Association.
  • USA - American Association of Feline Practitioners.
  • UK & Ireland - International Veterinary Students' Association.

Join our global veterinary community now! Members who wish to have their country or association endorse the guidelines can download this form and send to