Food for thought: How can we best support our patients?
Nutrition is so important for pet health and wellbeing. Whether we’re tackling obesity or helping to nutritionally support a patient with particular needs, good dietary advice makes a real difference.
This free virtual symposium will help nurses explore the many ways we can use nutrition to support patient care. The two-day programme, which offers 10 hours of live CPD plus access to a further 10 hours of recordings, covers a whole range of topics including the business of nurse clinics, managing GI disturbances, addressing obesity and supporting patients with feline lower urinary tract disease.
You’ll be able to choose from a varied programme of lectures, and download a range of resources that you can use in practice. At the end of each day, there will be a live Q&A session where you can quiz the day’s speakers to pick up more tips and hints.
You can pop in and out of the sessions as you choose, and the lectures will be recorded so you can catch up on these after the event. While lectures are available to everyone, our small-group workshop sessions are now sold out.
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Nicola Ackerman PGDip RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition)
Nicola works as the Head Medical Nurse at Plymouth Veterinary Group. Nicola graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Nicola is Consultant Editor for The Veterinary Nurse. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare, the SQP Veterinary Nurse of the Year and the SQP Nutritional Advisor of the Year. Nicola is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.
Alison Lambert BVSc, CMRS, MRCVS
A Yorkshire farmer’s daughter, Alison qualified from Liverpool University in 1989. She worked in practice for several years before pursuing a career with Hills Pet Nutrition and MARS, discovering the customer experience passion that her award-winning company, Onswitch, is renowned for today. Established in 2001, Onswitch promotes customer-centred practice so pets, horses and livestock receive better care; providing research, marketing, CPD and business consultancy with an effective, innovative, straight-talking and client-led approach.
Alison is Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. She is published widely, regularly speaks at key international veterinary congresses and events, and was given the AVA’s Veterinary Business Thought Leader award in 2019.
Marge Chandler DVM, MS, MANZCVS, DACVN, DACVIM, MRCVS
Dr Marge Chandler is an independent consultant in small animal nutrition and internal medicine, Clinical Nutritionist for Vets-Now Referrals, Glasgow, and Internal Medicine Specialist for Moorview Referrals in Newcastle. She has a BS from California State University, and a MS (Animal Nutrition) and DVMfrom Colorado State University (CSU). After several years in mixed practice, she did residencies in small animal medicine and clinical nutrition at CSU and Massey University, NZ. She is a diplomate of ACVIM and ACVN, member of the ANZCVS (SAM), Chair of the FEDIAF Scientific Advisory Committee, founding member of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators Group, and Co-Chair of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee.
Alexandra Taylor RVN CertSAN ISFMDip&AdvCertFB
Alex qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1997 and has worked in both first opinion and referral small animal practice. Alex is especially interested in feline nursing and has completed both the ISFM feline nursing certificate and diploma with distinction. Alex recently finished studying towards the ISFM advanced certificate in feline behaviour and is currently studying towards gaining her advanced diploma applied animals behaviour (feline). Alex currently works as a locum RVN and runs her own company ‘The Cat Nurse’ where she works as a locum RVN and offers CPD about feline nursing and behaviour. Alex volunteers for her local Cats Protection branch, helping to raise money for local cats in need. Alex has a particular interest in feline behaviour and stress related diseases in feline patients. Alex is joined the BVNA Council in 2018 and is currently the Junior Vice President.
Libby graduated from Dublin vet school and after 10 years working in mixed and small animal practice, she entered industry working in pet nutrition. She then set up and ran her own company Mojo Consultancy, specialising in technical communications, PR and project management, before joining Purina Petcare in 2018 as Scientific Affairs Manager for the UK & Ireland.
Libby has built on her direct practice experience of client relationships with the development of professional and client support programmes, technical training programmes and roles in managing customer and consumer support teams, alongside regular contributions to veterinary and consumer publications on nutrition and client care topics.
Cecilia Villaverde Haro, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVN (Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist ®), Diplomate ECVCN (EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition)
She obtained her veterinary degree in 2000 and her PhD in animal nutrition in 2005 by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She worked as a post doctoral researcher in feline nutrition at the University of California Davis (UCD), where she also completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is board certified in veterinary nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN®) and by the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) since 2010 and is currently the past president of ECVCN. After working as the chief of service of the veterinary teaching hospital nutrition service in Barcelona (UAB) for 6 years, she is now a consultant in clinical nutrition for Expert Pet Nutrition (www.expertpetnutrition.com) and Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She is a member of the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee and has written several articles and book chapters on the topic of companion animal nutrition.
Zoë Eve Jackson BSc (Hons) VNPA NCert SAN RVN
Zoe graduated from the University of Bristol in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. After graduating Zoe went on to work in one of the biggest multidiscipline referral centres in the UK for 12 years. During this time, she gained a huge amount of experience in all aspects of referral nursing and further specialised in theatre and anaesthesia. She was the theatre supervisor for many years also gaining experience in management and leadership.
In 2017 Zoe decided on a career change moving into the veterinary industry and worked as a Veterinary Nutrition Partner for Purina looking after vet clinics in the East of England area. In January 2021 after obtaining her Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition she has now started a new role at Purina as the Veterinary Nurse Development Manager. Zoe is also a Mental Health First Aider and is passionate about raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
Elizabeth Thundercliffe RVN
I work at a busy rehabilitation clinic that focuses on the conservative and surgical management of lameness. I am passionate about all aspects of my job but my main area of interest is nutrition; specifically weight management and the relationship between nutrition and medical conditions of the dog and cat. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have dramatically improved a patients quality of life, whilst providing the owner with tools that will continue to help manage diet. I am currently completing a certificate in small animal nutrition.
Ellie Groves BA(Hons) VetMB MRCVS
Ellie graduated from Cambridge vet school and worked in first opinion small animal practice before moving into industry to focus on one of her passions: companion animal nutrition. She joined Purina Petcare in 2016 as the Veterinary Technical Manager for the UK & Ireland.
Ellie has rolled out a cross-functional nutritional training plan to the business and set up a technical enquiries line for veterinary professionals in the UK. She provides regular nutritional training to the Purina veterinary and consumer support teams and to veterinary practices and writes articles for a number of veterinary journals to help educate veterinary professionals in the area of nutrition.
Sarah M. A. Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS.
Dr Sarah Caney, CEO of Vet Professionals has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She is a University of Bristol graduate and also completed her feline medicine residency and PhD at this institution. Sarah spent four years as a lecturer in feline medicine before leaving to pursue a career in private practice. Sarah has always enjoyed seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline medicine patients and has a particular interest in geriatric feline medicine. Sarah is internationally recognized as one of only thirteen veterinary specialists in feline medicine in the UK. Sarah founded Vet Professionals in 2009 and has authored and co-authored a number of the Vet Professionals ‘Caring for a cat’ series of books. Sarah has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences around the world. Sarah has worked for many years with the UK cat charity, International Cat Care (ICC) and the International Society of Feline Medicine.
Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and set up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. She sees clinical cases across North West England and wider afield through video platform consultations. In 2018 she was made an FRCVS for meritorious contributions to the profession in recognition of her work in establishing Behavioural Medicine as a veterinary discipline. She is an RCVS and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine and an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine on the veterinary undergraduate course at Liverpool University. In 2019 she gained her Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education. Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats.
Dr Andy Sparkes BVetMed, PhD, DipECVIM, MANZCVS, MRCVS
Andy has worked as a feline-only vet since 1987 and trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol. He is a popular speaker and internationally recognised as one of only fourteen specialists in feline medicine working in the UK.
He has published widely in international journals and is founding editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
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