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Nutrition Resources

Websites of Interest: Last updated on November 14, 2019

American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN)

  • Members are veterinarians, Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistsTM , veterinary technicians/technologists, animal nutritionists, graduate and veterinary students, as well as non-veterinary professionals interested in animal nutrition.

American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN)             

  • Members are Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistsTM working in academia, the animal feed, pet food, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as private and specialty practice.

American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP): Environmental Needs Guidelines

  • The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) released the Environmental Needs Guidelines in March 2013. These Guidelines are organized provide the framework for a healthy feline environment regardless of the cat’s lifestyle.

Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) 

  • This organization provides a forum for its members and industry representatives to safeguard the health of animals and humans, ensure consumer protections, and level the playing field for commerce in the animal feed industry.

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)

  • Client-oriented information offered on how to assess the body weight of a dog or cat, as well as caloric needs and weight loss tools.

Before You Get a Pet: Future Pet Parent Guide

  • The goal of this website is to provide practical advice for people in the process of getting a pet, including budgeting for a pet’s ongoing expenses, such as pet food and routine veterinary care.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): Policies – Pet Food


  • The CFIA regulates pet food imports and related products to prevent animal diseases from being introduced into Canada.


  • Animal health certificates and sanitary requirements for export of pet foods to other countries.

Canadian Nutrient File

  • Extensive database of nutrients in many human foods, including some well-known commercial products (such as baby foods, human breakfast cereals, processed products, etc.).

Cat Healthy

  • Cat Healthy was created by Canada’s Board Certified Feline Specialists as an initiative to help more cats receive the preventative healthcare they need to live longer, healthier lives.

Consumer Lab

  • Independent testing of human and some veterinary nutritional supplements; this is a subscription-based service with reports available on whether or not a product contains ingredients listed on the label, or whether there harmful substances included but not on the label.

European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) 

  • The ECVCN is recognized throughout the veterinary profession for the high standards of its members, known at Diplomates of the ECVCN. Diplomates are board certified in veterinary nutrition, similar to ACVN Diplomates; however, the ECVCN also covers comparative nutrition.

European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN)

  • The ESVCN Congress is organised annually in a European city and is hosted by the respective university. The Congress lasts approximately three days and covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to both veterinary and comparative nutrition fields.

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

  • The FDA (or Food and Drug Administration) has several websites to learn about regulatory and food safety issues, adverse event reporting, and general industry information.

FDA Pet Food Site

  • Information on pet food safety issues, pet food recalls, food labels, and selecting nutritious foods

FEDIAF (The European Pet Food Industry Federation) 

  • FEDIAF represents around 650 pet food member companies in 26 European countries and cooperates closely with the EU authorities, regulators and academics to provide pets in approximately 70 million pet owning households with safe, nutritious and palatable products through its members

International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)

  • IVIS is a not-for-profit organization that provides information to veterinary teams and animal health professional free of charge (e.g. publications organized in electronic books, proceedings from meetings, short courses, international calendar of veterinary events, etc.)

The Kibble QueenTM

Mayo Clinic Drugs and Supplements Information

  • Look up herbs, vitamins and supplements to learn about interactions, dosing, evidence, etc.

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • The NIH (or National Institutes for Health) has recently changed the name of their National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. This is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

  • This NIH site is devoted to human dietary supplements, with a small amount of information being applicable to animals (always consult with your veterinarian before giving a dietary supplement to your pet, since some products that are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs or cats).
  • This site has a good article on evaluating health information on the internet, how to spot fraud, etc.
  • The site allows you to look up specific supplements to see what scientific evidence exists to support their use in humans. Fact sheets are available for consumers in English and Spanish.

Ohio State University’s Indoor Pet Initiative  

  • Helpful handouts (pdf documents) for new pet owners and/or those facing challenges with the multi-pet household; suggestions for environmental enrichment, resources, etc.

Pet Food Industry

  • Free to register and provides information on market data, top performing pet food companies, and the Pet Food Knowledge Center.

Pet Food Institute

  • Industry-based website providing information on ingredient definitions, label regulations, how to read pet food labels, etc.


  • Blogs dedicated to the scientific study of pet nutrition written by
    Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistsTM Dr. Cailin Heinze, Dr. Lisa Freeman, and Dr. Debbie Linder

Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA)

  • Quickly find answers for almost any nutritional concern. The Pet Nutrition Alliance offers the largest science based pet-nutrition library on the web to assist the veterinary team.

Pet Nutrition Corner @

  • Written by a veterinarian for pet owners; several short articles on pet foods, ingredients & reading labels.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

  • Human nutrition and supplement information–with links to a variety of other websites.

FoodData Central

  • Extensive database of nutrients in many human foods, including some well-known commercial products (such as baby foods, human breakfast cereals, processed products, etc.).

Weeth Nutrition

  • Blogs focusing on “common sense veterinary nutrition”
  • Written by Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM Dr. Lisa Weeth


  • WikiVet is a large collection of online veterinary educational resources

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

  • The mission of this organizations is: “To advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers.” Nutrition resources are available at this website for veterinary practitioners and their staff.
  • WSAVA Nutrition Toolkit: