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A message from Hill’s Pet Nutrition – our longest-standing industry partner

Published: 2/6/2018

Chelina Klehr, Veterinary Affairs Manager for Hill’s in the Nordic region, gives her insights into why the relationship is special and why WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen was such a success.

Why is the WSAVA is such an important partner to Hill’s?

The work WSAVA does to promote the availability and quality of healthcare for small companion animals around the world is very much in alignment with our mission at Hill's Pet Nutrition, which is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets. We believe that the right nutrition combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the lives of pets, and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of pet parents.  Nutrition is one of the corner stones of veterinary medicine, and the nutritional evaluation of every pet, every time, should be a routine part of every clinic visit.

Hill’s is dedicated to pioneering research and ground-breaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific understanding of their specific needs. We support the veterinary profession with our expert knowledge of clinical nutrition, and the WSAVA is the ideal vehicle to share that information with a global audience and improve nutritional knowledge all over the world.

You regarded WSAVA 2017 as a great success.  Why was this?

We experienced a high level of participation and engagement from delegates at the conference and on the exhibition floor. There was an excellent scientific program; two developments were of particular interest:
  • An increased level of interest in nutrition from delegates
  • A willingness on behalf of the profession to tackle important issues and stand together in order to make a change for the better.

Where do you see the partnership between Hill’s and WSAVA in the future?

Our partnership is set to remain strong.  The WSAVA Congress is an important educational platform with a high level of expertise in sharing evidence-based scientific knowledge.  The WSAVA combines its independent educational platform with local needs for information and partners with important stakeholders to get their messages across.

The new WSAVA Dental Guidelines that were launched in Copenhagen during WSAVA World Congress 2017 are an excellent example. This critical information for the profession is based on solid evidence. In that regard, it is a great reflection of what Hill’s stands for. I would like to congratulate the WSAVA on running a first-rate congress.

What is your message to companion animal veterinarians who aren’t yet active with the WSAVA?

Please join! We should all broaden our knowledge, and WSAVA provides a great forum to learn with their excellent world congress and their digital platform and membership.  By building and implementing common guidelines and best practices, we can ensure an overall improvement in the quality of care for our patients, both now and in the future, all in line with Hill’s vision and mission.