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
Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians
American Society of Clinical Nutrition
American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
Amino Acid Laboratory, University of California, Davis
Association of American Feed Control Officials (tests dietary supplements for purity, potency, bioavailability, etc)
FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (regulatory and safety issues, adverse event reporting, meetings, industry information) or
FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
FDA Recall List
NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (fact sheets, safety notices, database)
Nutrient Composition of Whole Vertebrate Prey
Nutrition Advisory Group to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association
Pet Food Institute
Pet Food Institute Consumer Information
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center (general supplement and nutrition information, links to a variety of dietary supplement websites)
United State Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program
WSAVA – Global Nutrition Committee – Nutrition Toolkit & Guidelines



Articles Written by ACVN Diplomates

Nutrition Education in European Veterinary Schools – Becarova I et al, J Vet Med Educ 2016