What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist?
A Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist focuses on the role of nutrition in the prevention, treatment, and management of diseases affecting companion animals. A Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist has completed an internship and residency in this specialized field, an additional three to five years of training after veterinary school, and passed a rigorous examination from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition to earn the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN).
A Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist works extensively with other veterinary specialists, such as internal medicine and emergency and critical care, to ensure optimal patient care and disease management.
- Identify commercial diets that help the patient with multiple disease conditions
- Formulate home-cooked diet recipes
- Help to formulate assisted feeding diets (for feeding tubes)
- Formulate IV nutrition recipes for critical illness
- Selection of the best diet for your pet in health or illness