Dr. Nina Pusateri, MLAS, DVM, Cert. WFF (Canine)
NAME: Nina Pusateri
TITLE(S): MLAS, DVM, Cert. WFF (Canine)
CAREER PROGRESSION: When I was younger, I was fortunate to live in a home where pets were viewed as members of the family. In addition to having cats and dogs throughout my childhood, I always went out of my way to care for the stray cats in my neighborhood. I became fascinated with their health and well-being, wondering what I could do as a professional to extend the lives of the animals we care about. My interest in animal health made veterinary medicine an obvious choice, inspiring me to pursue an Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary concentration degree from the University of Delaware. During this time I became heavily involved in extracurriculars, participating in the Ag Day Planning Committee, Ag Ambassadors, Animal Science Club and Gymnastics Club, to name a few. In 2014 I earned my Master’s in Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Shortly after achieving my Master’s degree, I began my veterinary journey at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. During my veterinary career I participated in the WesternU Summer Research Fellowship, Laboratory Research Apprenticeship, SAVMA, Christian Veterinary Mission, DVM Class of 2018 Student Government Association, and was co-president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior student chapter. I trained to become WFF certified in canine diets during my final rotation of veterinary school. I am proud to announce my graduation from veterinary school in 2018 as well as my WFF certification!
INSPIRATION(S): My interest in nutrition actually started with large animal in 2007, when I began helping upperclassmen and graduate students complete their dairy cattle nutrition research studies. By the end of my undergraduate career, I was able to complete my own research project in dairy cattle nutrition. When I began veterinary school, my interest in nutrition shifted. The more I saw how a pet’s diet affected their health, the more I wanted to learn about proper nutrition and client education. I learned about Just Food For Dogs early in my veterinary school career and was excited from the start about the possibility of formulating diets as a veterinarian. To me, a JFFD diet is something you can trust, and falls in line with my belief that our pets deserve the utmost care.