The Nutrition Support Service within the Small Animal Medicine Section of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences consists of two faculty member and variable numbers of residents, graduate students, animal health and research technicians. These veterinary health care professionals provide state-of-the-art clinical nutrition care for companion animals belonging to members of our local community as well as for client-owned dogs and cats referred by veterinarians practicing throughout Ohio and in the surrounding states of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan. Our faculty member is an internationally recognized nutrition specialist with particular interests in companion animal nutrition, nutritional support of hospitalized patients, neuroendocrine diseases including obesity and idiopathic cystitis in domestic cats, and the effects of diet and environmental enrichment on disease risk and management for indoor-housed cats. He also educates and trains our veterinary students and provides clinical training for interns and residents preparing for specialty practice or academic careers.

The nutrition support service provides leadership and expertise not only by teaching students and practicing veterinary medicine, but also by participating in post-graduate professional education and outreach activities. These include consultations with veterinary practitioners, continuing education seminars for practicing veterinarians, and authorship of articles and textbooks in various disciplines of veterinary medicine. Our faculty pioneer breakthroughs in animal medicine by identifying new naturally-occurring diseases of companion animals and applying novel diagnostic methods and treatments to existing and emerging diseases.