WikiVet and Mars Petcare have launched new veterinary educational materials focused on cat and dog nutrition and its role in health and well-being.

Based on extensive research and scientific knowledge, subject matter will include: 

  • differing nutritional requirements of cats and dogs
  • essential nutrients, their role and biological function
  • consequences of deficiency and signs of toxicity 

The materials will feature resources written by experts in pet nutrition including Dan Chan, senior lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and clinicial nutritionist Lisa Weeth.

Richard Butterwick, principal nutrition scientist at Mars Petcare’s Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, said: “We are excited to combine our expertise in pet nutrition with WikiVet’s dynamic site, driving greater awareness of the important link between nutrition and health.”

WikiVet is a collaborative resource that aims to support and enhance veterinary education worldwide through the development of high quality web-based knowledge and learning content.

It was launched in 2007 by the RVC and the vet schools at Edinburgh, Nottingham and Cambridge universities. It has now grown to include more than 20 additional international vet schools and partners and has in excess of 43,000 members from more than 90 countries.

Nick Short, head of the e-media unit at the RVC, said it was very pleased to continue working with Mars Petcare. “We believe these materials will help the veterinary profession strengthen their understanding of cat and dog nutrition and the importance of the right nutrition for a healthy life,” he said.

The WikiVet Cat and Dog Nutrition chapter will be freely available online to all users of WikiVet through

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