Los Angeles, CA – Just Food For Dogs has partnered with Western University of Health Sciences to offer a new certification rotation in whole food canine clinical nutrition and formulation as part of the school’s acclaimed veterinary program. There is a growing focus on nutrition among veterinarians at the same time concern regarding the safety and nutritional value of traditional kibble is rising, driving a need for more thorough education in areas of canine nutrition.
The new rotation offers fourth-year veterinary students one-on-one instruction with Just Food For Dogs Chief Medical Officer Dr. Oscar Chavez, BVetMed, MRCVS, MBA, professor in Clinical Nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona, and Dr. John Tegzes, VMD, DABVT, professor of toxicology at WesternU.
The four-week rotation carries 132 academic units, with the opportunity for an additional two-week certification testing with 150 units completed for certification.
Covered in the rotation are principles and practice in the following areas:
• Custom compounding and whole food preparation
• Veterinary nutrition concepts and formulations math
• Whole food veterinary formulation and nutrition
• Whole food canine clinical nutrition and formulation
Just Food For Dogs was selected to participate in the Clinical Education Program at the University as a result of its unwavering commitment to canine nutrition and wellness. The company refused to follow controversial industry practices for testing dog food, and developed their own dog-centric feeding trial, becoming the first dog food company in history to successfully complete the standardized AAFCO feeding trials using real companion dogs in their own homes. Dr. Tegzes and Dr. Chavez also co-authored a detailed white paper on behalf of Just Food For Dogs on the dangers of commercial kibble, as the industry is structured today. The white paper was submitted to the FDA as official comments.
This new course marks a continued collaboration between the company and the University. The JustFoodForDogs formulations were used in a recent joint study by WesternU and Cal Poly Pomona on the effects of fresh prepared, whole food canine maintenance diets on clinically measurable blood parameters in healthy dogs. The dogs in the study were fed whole food recipes from Just Food For Dogs for one year and the results indicate an improvement in markers of health.
JustFoodForDogs is a commercial, human-grade kitchen offering daily food for healthy dogs and custom formulations for dogs with special dietary needs. All food and treats are made entirely from USDA/FDA ingredients certified for human consumption and cooked to the minimum allowed temperature to preserve the maximum nutritional value. There are no preservatives or fillers included in any of the recipes, making the meals as nutritious and healthy as possible.
About Western University of Health Sciences
Western University of Health Sciences (www.westernu.edu), located in Pomona, Calif. and Lebanon, Ore., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine. WesternU is home to the Patient Care Center, where the best in collaborative health care services is offered. The Chronicle of Higher Education named WesternU a Great College to Work For in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
More information can be found at JustFoodForDogs.com or by calling 866.726.9509.
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