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What Should I Feed My Dog?: Putting the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines to Work

Selecting a proper diet for a pet starts with a complete nutritional assessment that includes the animal's specific life stage, physiologic status, activity level, diet, and feeding management. AAHA's newly updated nutrition and weight management guidelines state that the nutritional assessment should be repeated annually throughout the pet’s lifetime to ensure optimal nutrition. This session will focus on the nutritional assessment and highlight science-driven communication skills to empower the healthcare team and clients to value proper nutrition.


  • Perform a complete nutritional assessment and recognize nutritional risk factors that lead to an extended nutritional assessment
  • Communicate effectively to gather the appropriate information from a client and make nutritional recommendations
  • Implement a team approach to leverage the value of nutrition in practice

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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.