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  • 12 May 2023 2:40 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    Check out all of the AAVN swag now available for purchase at our new Spreadshop!

    We have sweatshirts, aprons, mugs, water bottles, t-shirts, a bandana for your dog AND much more!

    You can purchase here

  • 7 Apr 2023 6:56 AM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    Join the AAVN for a Party in Philly on Tuesday, June 13th from 7 pm - 9 pm at Victory Brewing Company. 

    Tickets are just $15 for Symposium attendees and include 2 drink tickets and a raffle ticket. Guests are welcome, additional tickets are just $25.  AAVN students are welcome to attend at no charge.  For discount promo codes, contact aavnexecutive@gmail.com

    For more details and to purchase tickets click here.

  • 14 Feb 2023 8:10 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    Registration is now open!

    Join us at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 13th (3 pm - 5:30 pm) and Wednesday, June 14th (8 am - 4:30 pm)

    For more details click here

  • 10 Feb 2023 1:14 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    The deadline to submit abstracts for the  American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) has passed.  Oral and poster presenters will be announced in mid-March.

    The Symposium will take place in conjunction with the ACVIM Forum in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

    To review the full Call for Abstracts click here

    Please contact aavnexecutive@gmail.com with any questions.

  • 1 Nov 2022 2:11 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    The deadline for the AAVN Pet Nutrition Blog Writing competition has changed.  Submissions for the 2023 contest are due on January 31, 2023.   For more detailed information click here

  • 17 Aug 2022 2:15 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    Student members of the AAVN can now apply to serve on the AAVN’s Student Member Committee.   Applications are due by September 15 and can be sent to aavnexecutive@gmail.com with the subject line "AAVN Student Member Committee Application".  Selected students will be notified by October 1.

    The AAVN Student Member Committee will select up to two veterinary students each academic year to serve on the committee. The selected student(s) will serve in an advisory position to the AAVN Student Member Committee and be a leader for all AAVN Student Members. Students may have the opportunity to take on additional tasks if desired.   If selected, the student(s) will serve in this role for the duration of 1 academic year, ending on June 30.

    To review/ download a PDF with this information click here


    • Invited to all AAVN Student Member Committee meetings. These are typically held virtually at least once a semester
    • Invited to attend at least 1 AAVN Executive Board meeting each semester. These are typically held virtually monthly  
    • Invited to attend the AAVN Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium (virtually or in-person). Travel support will be available for in-person attendance.  
    • Act as a liaison between AAVN Student Member Committee & Executive Board and the student membership.
    • Make at least one contribution to the AAVN Newsletter. Specific content can be discussed with the AAVN Newsletter editor. 
    • Make at least one contribution to the AAVN Facebook pages (student and general). 
    • Participate in email communications between AAVN Student Member Committee members.   

    Applicant Requirements

    • 2nd or 3rd year veterinary student
    • AAVN Student Member for at least 6 months
    • Good academic standing

    Application Information

    • Name
    • Email and phone number
    • Veterinary School
    • Expected date of graduation (month/year)
    • Name and contact information of a faculty or active AAVN member reference
    • Why are you applying for the AAVN Student Member Committee position? (500 words max)
    • What are you hoping to take away from you time on the AAVN Student Member Committee? (500 words max)
    • Please submit the above information with a current curriculum vitae or resume
  • 18 Jul 2022 12:07 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    The AAVN recognized these individuals at the 2022 Clinical Nutrition and Research Symposium.

    Congratulations 2022 Waltham Award Winner!

    Yuki Okada,  Essential Nutrient Retention Factor Ranges for Formulating Home Cooked Dog and Cat Recipes

    Congratulations Richard R. Weiss Memorial Student Research Award Recipients!

    Sarah Dodd and Andronie Verbrugghe

    The award prize includes $500 for Dr. Dodd.  In addition, $2000 is designated for Dr. Verbrugghe, to promote future student research projects.

    Congratulations Student Blog Contest Winners!

    First Place, Caitlin M. Holly,  What's Up with WSAVA?  Food for Thought for the Pet Focused

    Second Place, Vivian Pedrinelli,  Should You Preserve Your Pet's Food or Your Pet's Health?

    The first place winner receives a $500 award for use to travel to a future AAVN Symposium. Each of these blogs will be published in a future issue of the AAVN E-Newsletter.

  • 13 Dec 2021 3:21 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) will accept abstract proposals for the 22nd Annual Clinical Nutrition and Research Symposium between January 3rd and February 14th, 11:59 pm (EST), 2022.

    The Symposium will take place in conjunction with the ACVIM Forum in Austin in June. It is anticipated that AAVN's programs will be scheduled on Tuesday, June 21st and/or Wednesday, June 22nd.

    For additional details, including the full Call for Abstracts click here

    At this time, the AAVN is also pleased to announce the following award:

    Richard R. Weiss Memorial Student Research Award Amount: $500 (student), $2000 (mentor)

    Criteria: All oral and poster abstracts submitted to the AAVN Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium by primary authors in training programs will be considered for this award. Research projects with a focus on companion animal product testing are preferred. Priority will be given to 1st- 4th year veterinary student submissions, although graduate student and resident submissions are also eligible. A professor affiliated with an academic institution must be identified as mentor to the project and agree to all terms and conditions for use of the mentor portion of the award, which should be used to promote future student research projects.

    The abstract review committee will decide the recipient for the Richard R. Weiss Memorial Award. The award will be announced in advance of the Symposium so that the recipient may opt to use the student portion of the funding to cover the cost of travel and/or accommodations to the Symposium.

    The Richard R Weiss Memorial Student Research Award was established by Laurie Martin, DVM in honor of her brother who pursued truth and honesty in all things. Their last conversation together was about inaccurate pet food product labeling claims.

  • 9 Jun 2021 12:11 PM | Jennifer Gazdacko (Administrator)

    Welcome New Executive Board Members

    Secretary, Ashley Self, BS, LVMT, VTS (Nutrition)

    Treasurer,  Lisa Weeth, DVM, MRCVS, DACVN

    Member-At-Large, Michelle Evason, DVM, BSc, DACVIM

    Thank You Outgoing Board Members

    Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

    Rebecca Mullis, DVM, DACVN

    Korinn Saker, DVM, PhD, DACVN

    for your service on the Executive Board. We are so grateful for your contributions of time and energy to the AAVN.

    And thank you to Dr. Martha Cline for the time, energy and enthusiasm you dedicated to the AAVN during your term as President (2017-2021).
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