Recently, the kitchen at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center nutrition center underwent a transformation thanks to a generous gift from global pet care leader Purina. The upgrade has allowed the Veterinary Medical Center to stock more diets and to centralize diet options that historically were stored within each specialty area.
According to Dr. Valerie Parker, associate professor-clinical in the small animal internal medicine and nutrition service, the new kitchen benefits pets during their stay and when they head home too.
“It allows us to have several options for our patients to feed them an appropriate diet in the hospital and also to provide samples for discharge from hospital. The upgrade provides a nicer, sleeker space in which to keep our diet samples stocked, and the donation also included some necessary supplies we were lacking, including a new high powered blender for creating meals for patients with feeding tubes,” said Parker.
The Veterinary Medical Center had a food kitchen prior to this recent upgrade, but the renovated, more modern space, makes food preparation a more streamlined process. The Veterinary Medical Center carries several different brands of food for various small animals. Newly installed dry-food canisters and racks for canned food creates a much more efficient environment for clinicians, staff and students to prepare patients’ meals.
“We’re committed to improving the lives of pets every day at Purina through best-in-class nutrition that is rooted in science and our deep understanding of pets. As a veterinarian at Purina, I have the honor of helping improve the clinical nutrition education of veterinary students,” said Lauren Pagliughi, DVM, veterinary communications manager for Purina. “We have invested in Purina Nutrition Centers at 20 out of the 30 U.S. , because we believe that nutrition education and expertise is critical for today’s veterinarians to provide the highest quality of care to their patients.”
The state-of-the-art Purina Nutrition Centers allow the students, staff and faculty to have exposure to a variety of veterinary therapeutic and maintenance diets across a variety of brands as well as get first-hand experience with optimal nutrition choices for their canine and feline patients. Each nutrition center is custom designed to fit the space and needs of the university, and the committee at each school works directly with a Purina-hired architect.