Nurses from the veterinary community gather for Royal Canin’s first ever Pet Health Councillor and Weight Management Congress

Obesity and weight management, dermatology cases for nurses and animal behaviour were key themes at Royal Canin’s first ever Pet Health Councillor and Weight Management Congress. 

Hosted at De Vere Tortworth Court Gloucestershire, the three-day Congress featured a series of lectures and seminars from industry experts on topics such as feline feeding behaviour and its effect on Obesity and Urinary disease, assisting in a skin case work up and how to run an effective obesity clinic.

Keynote speakers included Dr Cecilia Villaverde, who delivered a lecture on the subject of ‘Nutritional Truths and Feeding the Hospitalised Patient’, and behavioural medicine specialist Sarah Heath, who explored feline behaviour.

Citing both personal and industry research, Dr Villaverde argued that there are multiple ways to achieve a complete and balanced diet. She recommended to delegates that a nutritional evaluation needs to be performed for every pet at every visit to give a specific written recommendation for diet choice, feeding method and amount to feed.

While Sarah Heath explored in detail the role that physiological stress plays in the aetiology of FLUTD. Identifying elements of the cat’s social and physical environment which could be contributing to its stress levels, and implementing appropriate and environmental interventions to deal with them, she said, are key to long-term success in managing FLUTD.

Other speakers included Alex German, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool; Grant Petrie, Internal Medicine Specialist; and Jon Bowen, Honorary Lecturer in Small Animal Behaviour.

Small Animal Surgery Specialist Andrew Tomlinson added to the conversation with an interesting lecture exploring the relationship between obesity and the development of orthopaedic disease. Weight Management Specialist Georgia Woods RVN, also spoke to delegates about recognising and treating pet obesity.

Royal Canin’s Caroline Burke, alongside communication specialists Beverley Dean and Steve Wedd, led a workshop on how to communicate about Obesity with owners.

Erin Carr, Veterinary Marketing Executive at Royal Canin, said: “Our first ever Pet Health Counsellor and Weight Management Congress was a fantastic success, with members from all corners of the veterinary community joining us to explore the latest research in animal obesity and behaviour.

“On behalf of everybody at Royal Canin, I would like to say thank you to all of our guests and speakers for their support. I look forward to seeing how the evidence and insight shared at our Congress continues to benefit the veterinary community in the months and years ahead.”

See highlights from the three-day event here: