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Cookbook for Weight Loss: How to Create a Bulletproof Obesity Treatment Plan Using the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines

Successful weight management of veterinary patients starts and ends with a complete nutritional assessment, diet recommendations, and follow-up. This session will focus on the components of a nutritional assessment as it relates to weight management, the implementation of a weight loss program including both diet and exercise recommendations, and follow-up once a target body weight is achieved.


  • Perform a complete nutrition assessment including Body Condition Score and Muscle Condition Score
  • Estimate body fat percentage and ideal body weight to help determine energy needs to for weight management and target body weight
  • Communicate effectively and in a nonjudgmental way to help clients and pets succeed with weight management

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Martha Cline, DVM, Diplomate ACVN

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Martha Cline is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, and then returned to the University of Tennessee for a small animal clinical nutrition residency. She is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. In 2013, she joined the staff at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where she currently practices small animal clinical nutrition full time.