Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, DECVCN
Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe graduated as a companion animal veterinarian (DVM) from Ghent University, Belgium in 2005. She completed her PhD focusing with nutritional modulation of carbohydrate metabolism in cats in 2009 and stayed at the same university for 2 additional years as a postdoctoral fellow. She became board certified for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Verbrugghe joined the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, as Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Verbrugghe’s academic responsibilities at OVC include development and teaching of small animal clinical nutrition curriculum for the DVM program. Dr. Verbrugghe is also the service chief for the OVC Health Science Centre Clinical Nutrition Service.
Her research interests include companion animal nutrition, the link between nutrition, gut microbiota, health and disease, alteration of metabolic pathways through nutrition and nutritional modulation of inflammation and immunity. Currently feline obesity, plant-based pet food and canine cancer are the major subjects of her research. Dr. Verbrugghe has received research funding through the Canadian and Ontario government as well as from pet food industry and local charitable organizations.
To date Dr. Verbrugghe has authored and co-authored 35 peer-reviewed publications. She has been invited to speak at many local, national and international conferences. Dr. Verbrugghe has trained 16 graduate students and postdocs and has supervised many undergraduate students for research project courses and summer projects. She is a reviewer for various scientific journal and sits on institutional committees and external scientific advisory boards.