Ten national veterinary associations, including those in the USA, New Zealand and Sweden, have signed up to support the Global Nutritional Guidelines launched by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Ten national veterinary associations, including those in the USA, New Zealand and Sweden, have signed up to support the Global Nutritional Guidelines launched by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in March 2011 with more expected to endorse them later in the year.
The guidelines form part of the WSAVA‘s campaign to ensure that a nutritional assessment and recommendation is made on every patient during every visit to the vet. They have been designed to be consistent with those produced by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
The full list of national veterinary associations which have expressed support for them so far is:
- The American Animal Hospital Association
- The American Association of Feline Practitioners
- The Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine
- The Companion Animal Society of the New Zealand Veterinary Association
- The Iran Small Animal Veterinary Association
- The Shanghai Small Animal Veterinary Association
- The Singapore Veterinary Association
- The Norwegian Small Animal Veterinary Association
- The Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association
- The Netherlands Association for Companion Animal Medicine
AAHA immediate past president Gregg Takashima said: “We believe that nutrition is so important to optimal pet-health that we formulated guidelines that promote nutritional assessment as one of the vital assessments to be performed on every patient. We are delighted to support the WSAVA Global Nutritional Guidelines which promote this assessment at a global level.”
The BSAVA has published the Guidelines in the Journal of Small Animal Practice and they will be considered by its scientific committee and council later this year.
WSAVA president Jolle Kirpensteijn said: “We’re delighted at the positive response to the guidelines and know that many other country associations will be discussing them at meetings later in 2011.”
- The WSAVA Global Nutritional Guidelines can be downloaded in PDF format.