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


PFMA announces all-star line up for pet food seminar at LVS

Date: Thursday 17th November

Time: 0900 – 1130

Location: Gallery Suite 12

PFMA will be joined by a panel of experts including: Dr Marge Chandler, Consultant in Small Animal Nutrition, Dr Cecilia Villaverde Haro, European Veterinary Specialist in Comparative Nutrition and Nick Edwards, Fellow of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists.

With the objective of delving deeper into how vets and vet nurses can support pet owners in making the correct nutrition choices for their pets, the Seminar will focus on the following discussions:

  • ‘Coeliac dogs, cholesterol in cats and other fairy stories’: Dr. Marge Chandler
  • ‘DIY Diets: Do’s and Don’ts’: Dr. Cecilia Villaverde Haro
  • ‘Treats, titbits and toxins’: Nick Edwards

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Dr. Marge Chandler: Consultant in Small Animal Nutrition and currently runs a Nutrition Service through Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow. Dr Chandler is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Edinburgh. After qualifying from Colorado State University Dr Chandler was in general practice for 4 years before returning to do a double residency in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at Colorado State University and Massey University in New Zealand.

Dr Cecilia Villaverde Haro: Obtained her veterinary degree in 2000 and her PhD in animal nutrition in 2005 by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She worked as a post-doctoral researcher in feline nutrition at the University of California Davis (UCD), where she also completed a two-year residency in small animal clinical nutrition at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (UCD). She is board certified in veterinary nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN®) and by the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) since 2010, and is vice-president of ECVCN since 2013.  She was an adjunct professor at the Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments (UAB) and the chief of service of the Servei de Dietètica i Nutrició at the Fundació Hospital Clínic Veterinari (UAB) from 2010 to 2016 and helped fund She is now working at the Nutrition Support Service at UCD. She is a consultant in clinical nutrition for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN).

Nick Edwards:  Nick has worked in toxicology, both human and animal, for more than 30 years and is a Fellow of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists. Amongst other roles he helps to provide the VPIS 24-hour service, is involved in training of VPIS scientists and veterinary professionals, and is currently a WHO consultant in poison centre development.

Michael Bellingham: Michael has worked in the trade association world for many years, firstly with the British Retail Consortium, before moving to the Food and Drink Federation in 1996. In January 2000 he took up the role of Secretary General to the Federation of European Rice Millers (FERM) in Brussels, moving back to the UK with PFMA in early 2004. Michael has a degree in Politics from Durham University and an MA in European Studies from South Bank University.


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