The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) is an international association of veterinarians, animal nutrition scientists, veterinary technicians, industry representatives, and students (veterinary medicine, veterinary technician and animal science) with a common interest in animal nutrition.
The AAVN was the first allied organization of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It was founded in 1956 by Dr. Morris Erdheim, a veterinarian working for industry, who recognized the need for a forum for collegial discussion amongst industrial nutritionists, academic nutritionists, and veterinarians. Dr. Erdheim donated the archival records of the AAVN (originally named the American Association of Veterinary Nutritionists) to the Flower/Sprecher Library of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University where they are available for anyone to peruse.
Additional information on the history of the AAVN can be found in an article by Bauer, J.E. and Kallfelz, F.A. in the Compendium of Continuing Education published in January 2000.