The inaugural meeting of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators took place in Edinburgh in July. Delegates discussed the challenges of incorporating the teaching of nutrition into European veterinary curriculums.
The inaugural meeting of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators took place in Edinburgh on July 9, 2013.
The group, which aims to increase education of students in nutrition for both healthy and ill pets, is comprised of those involved in teaching nutrition to veterinary students in Europe.
The group was formed, in part, in response to recent surveys of veterinary students and practitioners that revealed a desire to receive more education in nutrition within vet schools, as well as in continuing education programmes.
This first meeting introduced and discussed:
- the RCVS and EAEVE day one competencies in nutrition
- the American College of Veterinary Nutrition’s day one recommended nutrition competencies
- the WSAVA nutritional assessment guidelines
- the WSAVA Global Nutrition Toolkit
The event also saw presentations and discussion of established and new veterinary nutrition teaching programmes in Spain, Scotland, Germany and Virginia (USA), and a research project from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (USA) that showed the benefits and effectiveness of teaching interventions on the number of nutritional assessments and recommendations of small animal patients.
Other discussions included the challenges of (and potential solutions for) incorporating the teaching of nutrition into veterinary curriculums, ways to share what works in our schools, and areas where educators might share resources, skills and talents.
- Sponsorship and support for the event was provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.