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Martha Cline, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)


Session 1: Tips & Tools for making weight management programs successful in clinical practice

Successful weight management of veterinary patients starts and ends with a complete nutritional assessment, diet recommendations, and follow-up.

This lecture 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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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 for weight management and target body weight.
  • Communicate effectively and in a nonjudgmental way to help clients and pets succeed with weight management.


Session 2: Smart Diet Choices for Senior & Geriatric Pets

The dietary needs of our veterinary patients evolve with aging. The veterinary team can proactively address some of these changes throughout the pet’s lifespan.

This lecture will discuss a complete nutritional assessment and individualized dietary recommendations for aging pets.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize nutritional risk factors that may be more prevalent in aging populations.
  • Differentiate physiologic and pathologic changes associated with aging related to nutritional status.
  • Apply key nutritional factors to the nutritional recommendations of aging pets.


Session 3: Nutrition Conversation Toolbox

Communication techniques can enhance nutritional conversations in the exam room. Well-meaning pet owners can become entrenched in and confused by certain feeding practices.

This presentation will review communication skills to help make potentially contentious conversations into effective ones.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the three aspects of communication (content, process, and perception) and apply these aspects to making a nutritional recommendation.
  • Utilize open-ended questions to enhance the collection of a nutritional history.
  • Recognize and acknowledge a client's perception with regards to pet nutrition before providing a nutritional recommendation.

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2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines

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