The Small Animal Hospital at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences this week opened its renovated veterinary kitchen, courtesy of Nestlé Purina PetCare.
The company’s program, Nestlé Purina Center for Nutrition Excellence, donated $70,000 to make the small animal kitchen in the hospital more accessible for veterinary students and veterinarians.
The room provides easy access to all of the dry goods, canned goods and special dietary items, according to the college. The kitchen holds Purina products as well as other food brands, and expiration dates are coded on every food item.
“Prior to the renovation we had some of the dry foods in accessible containers, but a lot of the dry food was wasted by opening bags that could not be closed or stored properly afterward,” said Deb Zoran, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor at the college. “We also didn’t have an effective way of storing canned foods to make them accessible. Now, it is much cleaner and a much more effective use of the space. There will be much less food wasted and we are very grateful for that.”
Nicholas Vaughan, DVM, Nestlé Purina regional sales representative, said the company decided to award the kitchen to the college “due to the excellence of its clinical medicine department and the progressive nature of the [college] to partner with different companies and different programs.”