WSAVA announces Purina Institute as first Diamond Partner

The institute lends support to key clinical committees and initiatives

Jane Armstrong, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM), external relations director for the Purina Institute, and Shane Ryan, BVSc (Hons), MVS, CVA, GradDipAnimChiro, MChiroSc, MRCVS, incoming president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) announced that the Purina Institute has become the organization’s first Diamond Partner, lending support to some of the WSAVA’s key clinical committees and initiatives.

These include:

  • The Global Nutrition Committee, which produces research and resources to help the veterinary healthcare team understand the importance of nutrition in companion animal health
  • The Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), which promotes advances in companion animal wellness and welfare around the world (the committee published its Global Guidelines on Companion Animal Welfare at this year’s WSAVA World Congress)
  • The Hereditary Disease Committee, which raises awareness and understanding of hereditary disease and genetic predispositions in dogs and cats
  • WSAVA One Health Committee, which works to highlight the importance of the small companion animal-human interface on the global One Health agenda

The Purina Institute is also a Global Partner for WSAVA One Care, an initiative to motivate veterinary associations in countries where companion animal practice is still emerging to raise standards of care.

Serving as the global voice of Purina’s science and its more than 500 scientists and pet care experts, the Purina Institute aims to put nutrition at the forefront of pet health discussions.

The institute said it aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration with veterinary and scientific thought leaders around the world, share the company’s latest scientific breakthroughs, and provide objective, fact-based information sourced from the wider scientific community on current trending topics across pet and human nutrition.

“WSAVA is the largest and most important global community of companion animal veterinarians,” said Jane Armstrong, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM), external relations director for the Purina Institute. “The team at the Purina Institute look forward to working closely with it on initiatives that advance the missions of both organizations.”

“The work carried out by our committees is helping to transform companion animal medicine around the world but it would not be possible without the help we receive from our industry partners,” said Shane Ryan, BVSc (Hons), MVS, CVA, GradDipAnimChiro, MChiroSc, MRCVS, incoming WSAVA president. “On behalf of all of our 200,000 members, I would like to thank the Purina Institute for its most generous support and we look forward to working with the team in the months ahead.”


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