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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH


Companion Animal Nutrition (CAN) Conference 2020

Companion Animal Nutrition (CAN) Conference 2020

Abstract Submission and Registration

In 2020 we will see the return of the Companion Animal Nutrition (CAN) Conference, running in partnership with the Pet Food Manufacturers Association and the University of Northampton. The conference will take place on Thursday 13th February 2020 at the University of Northampton (Waterside Campus), Northamptonshire, UK. 


General Information

This conference aims to join researchers, industry professionals and students together to focus on all aspects of companion animal nutrition, including; 
• Nutrient requirements
• Diet formulation
• Feed production
• Feeding practices
• Feeding behaviour and enrichment
• Feed related health issues
The theme for the conference will be Feeding for Behavioural Enrichment with a keynote speech from Dr Sandra Mccune (Director of ANIMAL MATTERS), and a panel discussion in the afternoon. More details will be announced on this page.



Full Programme


Abstract Submission​ (Deadline has now passed)

Deadline for abstract submission was 15 November 2019.

To submit a contribution for consideration you will need to provide a title and abstract along with contributor names and affiliations, and a contact email address. It should be clearly indicated whether you are requesting an oral or poster presentation. All submissions will need to be in English (UK), with a maximum word limit of 300 words. All abstracts should be submitted by email to Dr. Wanda McCormick via Time for oral presentations will be approximately 20 min (including questions). Posters will need to be provided in A1 size and portrait orientation and can demonstrate primary research, industry case studies or topic reviews. 

Registration to Attend (Tickets are now sold out)

Online registration is currently open, with an Early Bird Registration fee of £55 per person if registered by Monday 13 Jan 2020. From 14 Jan the registration fee will be £80 per person (depending on capacity). The attendance fee will include morning refreshments and a buffet lunch. For delegates who have dietary requirements, these can be specified when completing the registration.


Location and Travel

The conference will be held at the Creative Hub building (ground floor) at Waterside Campus, The University of Northampton, University Drive, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, United Kingdom. For information about how to find the location please visit the university's website.


  • If you have pre-booked a parking space at Car Park 2:

If you have registered for a parking space then you will need to turn into car park 2. Once parked you will need to arrange payment either using the Ringo app, or using the machines outside or in the foyer of the Senate building. Please allow some time to sort your parking payment when you arrive, as there may be queues. The Creative Hub, where the conference is taking place, is a short walk from Car Park 2. 

  • If you have not pre- booked a visitor space, you can use the PARK and RIDE SCHEME

If you haven't pre-booked, please do not travel to car park 2 as it is now fully booked on the conference date. There are two 'pay and display' car parks near the Waterside campus but we cannot guarantee the availability of spaces here (they are used by students and external people). The easier option is to use the University Park and Ride scheme (bus 18 from Claret Car Park to Waterside Campus) for a reduced fee of £1 return, for those attending the conference. Please click on the below link for a map and more info.



If you require accommodation, please contact Sunley Hotel via their website, by Email on or by phone on 01604 892020.


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For further enquiries please contact Dr Wanda McCormick on  

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