26 Jul 2023

UK Pet Food & Webinar Vet Education Day

Immerse yourself in an enlightening virtual journey through the pet nutrition landscape tailored specifically for veterinary professionals. This concise yet comprehensive full-day programme starts with an essential overview of pet food, followed by a critical exploration of various food formats, all backed by solid evidence.

UK Pet Food Education Day

Oct 11, 2023, Free

Location: The Webinar Vet (Online)

Immerse yourself in an enlightening virtual journey through the pet nutrition landscape tailored specifically for veterinary professionals. This concise yet comprehensive full-day programme starts with an essential overview of pet food, followed by a critical exploration of various food formats, all backed by solid evidence.

Our expert-led sessions delve into the specific nutritional needs of small mammals and offer valuable insights into best practices for raw feeding. Senior dog nutrition and stress management strategies will also be discussed, providing you with practical knowledge for your everyday practice.

We conclude with a fascinating glimpse into the future of pet food innovation, acknowledging both our current understanding and future research directions. This event promises a unique opportunity to deepen your professional expertise in pet nutrition and answer your clients' questions confidently and effectively.

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Agenda & Speakers

Welcome - UK Pet Food Education Day 

Michael Bellingham

Oct 11th, 2023  09:30 - 09:40

Commence your exploration of pet nutrition with a concise 10-minute introduction. An overview of the day's itinerary, insights into our expert-led sessions, and necessary navigational details will be provided. Prepare for a day of valuable learning and professional growth.

Pet Food – what you need to know 

Christine Huggett

Oct 11th, 2023  09:40 - 10:20

In this focused 30-minute session, we delve into the core elements of pet food, exploring ingredients, nutritional aspects, and selection criteria. Concluding with a 10-minute Q&A, this segment offers an opportunity for interaction and clarification, equipping veterinary professionals with the key knowledge to confidently guide pet owners.

Pros and cons of the different pet food formats (based on existing evidence)

Oct 11th, 2023  10:20 - 11:00

Enhance your understanding with a 30-minute exploration of the various pet food formats. This session evaluates their respective pros and cons, underpinned by existing scientific evidence. A subsequent 10-minute Q&A session allows for further discussion and personalised queries. Equip yourself to advise pet owners on the most suitable food formats for their pets.

Different pet food formats for small mammals

John Chitty

Oct 11th, 2023  11:10 - 11:50

In this 30-minute session, we will focus on the specific pet food formats suitable for small mammals. We'll discuss their unique dietary requirements and the various food options available. A following 10-minute Q&A allows for additional inquiries and discussion. Enhance your knowledge to advise pet owners on optimal nutrition for their small mammals.

How to give best practice advice on raw feeding

Oct 11th, 2023  11:50 - 12:45

Engage in a 45-minute detailed session on best practice advice for raw feeding. Learn how to navigate the complexities of this diet, offer sound advice, and handle common concerns associated with it. The session concludes with a 10-minute Q&A, providing an opportunity for further clarity and discussion. Equip yourself with the knowledge to guide pet owners considering raw feeding for their pets.

Hillary Pearce

Senior dog nutrition

Oct 11th, 2023  13:30 - 14:10

In this 40-minute session, we delve into the intricacies of senior dog nutrition. Learn about the unique dietary needs of ageing canines, how to address common health concerns through diet, and the various food options tailored for their needs. Gain valuable knowledge to provide optimal nutritional advice for senior dogs.

Top tips to managing stress

Kellie Ceccarelli

Oct 11th, 2023  14:10 - 14:35

Join us as we unravel top tips for managing stress, a crucial aspect of both professional and personal well-being. Gain insights into effective strategies, coping mechanisms, and preventive measures, empowering you to maintain a balanced and healthy work-life environment in the veterinary profession.

Pet foods of the future – what do we know and where are the knowledge gaps?

Andrew Miller

Oct 11th, 2023  14:35 - 15:15

Explore the future of pet foods in this informative session. Discuss current advancements, emerging trends, and identify areas where knowledge is still being developed. This forward-looking topic concludes with a 10-minute Q&A, allowing further discussion on the horizon of pet nutrition. Stay informed and ready for what the future holds in the field of pet dietetics.


Shelley Simmons

How to answer client questions on pet food – myth busting - How to give sound advice even when you disagree with client’s choice of pet food

Oct 11th, 2023  15:15 - 15:55

Engage in an essential session on handling client inquiries about pet food. Learn effective strategies to debunk common myths and provide sound advice, even when it contradicts a client's current choice of pet food. This session equips you with the communication skills necessary to guide pet owners towards informed nutritional decisions for their pets, while maintaining a strong client relationship.

Sarah Hormozi

Introducing UK Pet Food's new pet obesity tool and other practice-friendly educational resources

Oct 11th, 2023  15:55 - 16:15

Coinciding with National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (11 Oct), in this session, we will introduce our new innovative pet obesity prevention tool and a range of other informative resources that are owner friendly and could be used in veterinary practices.

Feeding pets sustainably without compromising on nutrition

Oct 11th, 2023  16:25 - 17:10

In this informative session, we examine the intersection of sustainability and pet nutrition. Learn how to balance the ecological impact of pet food production with the nutritional requirements of pets. Gain insights on guiding pet owners towards more sustainable choices without compromising on their pets' dietary needs. A must-attend for veterinary professionals keen on embracing and promoting sustainability in pet care.

Closing remarks - UK Pet Food Education Day

Oct 11th, 2023  17:10 - 17:15

This brief segment serves as a conclusion to our eventful day, providing a final opportunity for reflection on the valuable knowledge gained and its application in your professional practice.