Nutrition Resources

ACVN Guidance Documents and Forms

 

Nutrition-Related Competencies of Veterinarians:

ACVN supports the vital training of veterinary students in the field of nutrition – not only important for the quality of life, health, longevity, and improved activity of the animals we care for – but also because nutritional intervention is considered one of the primary forms of treatment in many disorders of these animals.  To that end, ACVN has developed lists of nutrition-related core competencies for veterinarians in specific areas of practice, which we believe are the abilities required on “Day One” after graduation from veterinary school.  We would like to encourage incorporation of these competences into the curricula of all veterinary schools:

Nutrition-Related Competencies of Veterinarians Small Animal

Nutrition-Related Competencies of Veterinarians Equine

 

Diet History Form:

This form has been endorsed by ACVN to assist general practitioners in collecting from pet owners information about the dietary history of their pets:

ACVN Diet History Form

 

NRC Guidance for Pet Owners

 

Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs – A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners
National Research Council of the National Academies, 2006

Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs – A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners
National Research Council of the National Academies, 2006

 

Web Pages

These web pages are intended to provide information to veterinarians, students and owners. They were selected based upon the credibility and source identification of the information. The ACVN is not responsible for errors or omissions in any of these sites, and their views do not necessarily reflect the views of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition or its Diplomates.

American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition http://www.aavn.org/
Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians http://nutritiontechs.org
American Society of Clinical Nutrition http://www.nutrition.org/
American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition  https://www.nutritioncare.org/
Amino Acid Laboratory, University of California, Davis http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmb/labs/aal/
Association of American Feed Control Officials http://www.aafco.org/
Consumerlab.com (tests dietary supplements for purity, potency, bioavailability, etc) http://www.consumerlab.com/
FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (regulatory and safety issues, adverse event reporting, meetings, industry information) http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/ or http://www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm
FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/
FDA Recall List http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm
NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (fact sheets, safety notices, database) http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov
Nutrient Composition of Whole Vertebrate Prey
http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/000ADOBES/Bears/D317WholePreyFinal02May29.pdf
Nutrition Advisory Group to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association http://nagonline.net/
Pet Food Institute
http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/
Pet Food Institute Consumer Information http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/?s=consumer+guide
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center (general supplement and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites) https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic
United State Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program http://www.usp.org/verification-services
WSAVA – Global Nutrition Committee – Nutrition Toolkit & Guidelines
http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/global-nutrition-guidelines