NUTRITION THE 5TH VITAL ASSESSMENT
 

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELORS
Even if you have a designated nutrition counselor, the entire staff
must be motivated and on the same page to make nutrition work.

Dr. Joel Sailor

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"It's like a basketball team. You may shoot it here or there, but it doesn't matter who shoots it as long as they get it in the bucket. The team wins; the animal wins."

Dr. Joel Sailor
Town and Country Veterinary Clinic
Starke, FL

WRITTEN PROTOCOLS
Because of the extensive involvement of the client in the daily dietary management of their pets, client communication and rapport is vital.

Michael Cavanaugh

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“The purpose of any guidelines created by AAHA is to help veterinary hospitals develop protocols that will help them practice optimal pet care. Guidelines need to be practical so they can be used in private practice, embraced and carried out by all members of the practice team.”

Michael Cavanaugh,
DVM, DABVP
AAHA Exceutive Director

BELIEF AND CULTURE
of practicing "best medicine," placing nutrition as a cornerstone of wellness and therapeutic care.

Dr. Karen Fling

"Our culture here at East Lake is one where relationships are very important. It’s a culture where we provide the best medical care and a culture where we’re really committed to offering the best in medicine ... and incorporating nutrition into that philosophy is a natural thing."

Dr. Karen Fling
East Lake Veterinary Hospital
Dallas, TX

CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION
Because of the extensive involvement of the client in the daily dietary management of their pets, client communication and rapport is vital.

Amy Parker

"It's easier for people to remember things once they've heard [them] multiple times ... so if the doctor has a recommendation, we follow up with the client on that … and everybody's on board with the same recommendation."

Amy Parker
Exam Room Assistant
Meadow Hills Veterinary Center
Kennewick, WA

CONTINUOUS TRAINING
of the entire veterinary healthcare team (including veterinarians and support staff.)

Dr. Leonard Sigdestad

"We try to stay up with all the new things that are happening. We try to hold staff meetings every two months, which are mandatory. We always bring in a speaker with something new and different, and that really challenges our staff to stay on top of things and to continue to learn new things."

Dr. Leonard Sigdestad
Loma Linda Animal Hospital
San Bernardino, CA

PASSION AND COMMITTED LEADERSHIP
to make nutrition a critical component of practice culture.

Dr. Dana Cox

"Nutrition is a vital part of this hospital. We believe that nutrition plays a huge role in all aspects of medicine as a whole. It's discussed in every visit. It is my strong belief that nutrition really plays a huge part in the overall health of animals, and it's our job to help people understand that."

Dr. Dana Cox
Smith Veterinary Hospital
Thornhill, Canada