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WSAVA’s Global Nutrition Committee publishes new resources
The WSAVA has created a new infographic on raw food diets, in response to their growing popularity.

Updated Toolkit helps vets inform pet owners on optimal nutrition.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) has updated its Global Nutrition Toolkit to provide veterinary professionals with the knowledge and confidence to educate their clients on nutrition for their pets.

The GNC has published a revised version of its ‘Selecting a pet food’ tool, which highlights what useful advice can be found on pet food labels and the importance of the manufacturer providing contact details to allow for follow up questions.

Raw food diets for pets have been growing in popularity recently, prompting the GNC to create a new infographic which illustrates the potential risks of raw feeding.

Both resources are available for free download, alongside the other tools in the GNC’s Nutrition Toolkit, from the WSAVA’s website.

WSAVA GNC co-chair Dr Marge Chandler, said: “Owners want the best for their pets but there is so much confusing or simply wrong information out there that it can be hard for them to navigate their way.

“Veterinary healthcare teams should, of course, be the first port of call for advice on nutrition and, we hope they will find that the educational resources we have created in our Toolkit, together with the WSAVA’s Global Nutrition Guidelines, give them the confidence to engage proactively with owners on the subject of nutrition and put them on the right path to feeding their pets an appropriate and well-formulated diet.”


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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

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