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Topics in Veterinary Nutrition

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education
From: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This event will offer 4 hours of continuing education credit and be offered live via ZOOM*.

*Recordings will not be made available

Registration is currently closed. Please contact Cheryl at cheryls@uga.edu for assistance.

Event Information

Veterinarian Registration : $149
Veterinary Technician/Nurse Registration : $119




Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


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9:00 am 9:50 am
Nutritional assessment: What foods these morsels be
Joe Bartges

Nutritional assessment should part of routine examinations including assessing body condition and muscle condition.  This presentation will focus on the role of and how to perform a nutritional assessment based on the American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines for Nutritional Assessment.  Additional information will be provided concerning what life stage nutrition means, how to assess diets you are unfamiliar with, and what does the marketing mean.

10:00 am 10:50 am
Help! I’m suffering from nutrition fatigue!
Jackie Parr

Are you tired of busting nutrition myths? Are you exhausted by the misinformation online when it comes to pet nutrition You may be suffering from what Dr. Parr has coined as “nutrition fatigue”. Unfortunately, myth busting is often an ineffective strategy to correct misinformation and can result in frustration for veterinary teams. Dr. Parr will focus on effective strategies for delivering information to pet owners. We will also discuss how to manage conversations around ingredients that have been incorrectly vilified.

11:00 am 11:50 am
What’s your beef? Handling homemade diet conversations
Jackie Parr

Are you seeing patients on homemade diets? Are you worried these well-intentioned recipes are not complete and balanced? Then this lecture is for you! Dr. Parr will walk you through a quick assessment tool to help determine if a particular diet has the potential to be complete and balanced. She will also discuss her strategies for approaching homemade diet discussions with pet owners based on her years of experience. Lastly, she will provide resources for complete and balanced cooked homemade diet recipes.

12:00 pm 12:50 pm
Pet nutrition controversies: What we know, what we think we know, what we thought we knew, what we don’t know
Joe Bartges

Discussing pet nutrition and pet foods can be controversial depending on the client and the veterinary staff views.  While these discussions and social media posts often elicit a visceral response, some are not farfetched and are based on fact.  This presentation will discuss some controversies concerning pet food focusing on the current potentially nutritional issue of dilated cardiomyopathy in addition to recalls and other nuances of pet nutrition and pet food regulation.


  • Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

    Dr. Joe Bartges is from West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University.  After receiving his DVM in 1987 from the University of Georgia, he completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1993.  He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2014.  At Tennessee, he was Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head.  He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University.  He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 2016 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  He is board certified in small animal internal medicine and nutrition.  Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition.  He has published over 350 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin, which is in a second edition.  He has spoken at over 250 meetings including many international.  He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

  • Jackie Parr BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVN

    Dr. Jackie Parr (aka The Kibble QueenTM), a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and one of 81 Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, is a proud Canadian who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, USA with her beloved Boston Terrier. Festooned with veterinary and academic designations that speak to a passion for science and veterinary medicine that borders on obsession, Dr. Parr is among the elite where pet nutrition is concerned. A natural educator, Dr. Parr is widely sought after in professional circles as both a public speaker, and as a specialist for consults on the most unique and emergent nutritional cases. She is a passionate nutrition advocate and an accessible expert with feet planted firmly in both the academic and practical worlds of specialized nutritional medicine. She is a proud Founding Member of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and was delighted to join the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as the Nestlé Purina Petcare Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition.