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The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) is an international association of veterinarians, animal nutrition scientists, veterinary technicians, industry representatives, and veterinary and students (veterinary medicine, veterinary technician and animal science) with a common interest in animal nutrition.

AAVN Objectives

  • To provide a forum of discussion and exchange of information on matters of common interest as applied to the field of nutrition in its relationship to animal health.

  • To promote greater interest in and better understanding of current developments in nutrition as affecting animal health.
  • To promote research in fields where nutrition may have a relationship to health and/or disease. 
  • To promote a closer cooperative relationship with those who share with veterinarians the responsibility of maintaining animal health through adequate nutrition.

History

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.

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