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Nutrition is Vital: Embrace the Conversation with Pet Owners

Proper nutritional management is one of the most important factors in managing health and disease in pets. The veterinary healthcare team should be the preferred, expert source of the best nutritional information for pets. And yet, it can be hard to know how to approach these conversations in an efficient and effective manner.


  • Collect a complete history by asking open-ended questions
  • Understand and address barriers to nutritional recommendations
  • Communicate specific nutritional recommendations with confidence
  • Save time and energy through a team approach

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Kara Burns, MS, M.Ed, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)

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Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist. She made the move to veterinary medicine and worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine. 

Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She teaches nutrition courses around the world on digital platforms and in person. She also is a consultant for the Lafeber Company/Emeraid and is Director of Veterinary Nursing for NAVC Publishing and is editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary NurseKara also works as an independent nutritional consultant.

Kara is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on numerous boards; AAVN executive board technician liaison; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; PrideVMC board Treasurer; Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics Board; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance executive board, just to name a few.

She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.