Clinical Nutrition Service

The impact of nutrition on health and disease is an important area of veterinary science. By paying attention to our patient's nutritional needs, we can maximize health, performance, longevity, and prevent disease. Furthermore, nutrition is a cornerstone in the treatment of many diseases, such as kidney disease or gastrointestinal disease.


The Clinical Nutrition Service is comprised of Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, Service Chief and Assistant Professor in Clinical Nutrition and, Clinical Nutrition Residents and Intern. The Service works closely with other clinical Services at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre (OVC HSC) to assess the nutritional needs of patients. The Service is involved in developing appropriate diet plans for patients during hospitalization and post-discharge.

What does the Clinical Nutrition Service offer for OVC HSC clients?

For referring veterinarians: 
If your patient is a current patient of another OVC HSC Service, consultations and referrals to Clinical Nutrition are available. 

For pet parents:
Your pet must be a current patient of OVC HSC.

At this time, in-person consultations are available on Wednesdays. Phone and email consultations are also available to OVC HSC clients. To obtain an appointment or consultation, please speak with your OVC HSC Speciality Service clinician. 

Specific services offered include the following:

  • Optimal commercial diet and dietary supplement selection for specific medical conditions
  • Nutrition support for critically ill patients, including tube feeding and parenteral nutrition (i.e. intravenous nutrition)
  • Evaluation and formulation of homemade diets
  • Customized weight loss plans 
  • Customized nutrition programs for different life stages, reproduction, performance, etc.

Options available to veterinarians and pet owners for non-OVC HSC clients

Unfortunately, Clinical Nutrition is unable to offer consultations to non-OVC HSC clients at this time. However we recognize that providing a complete and balanced homemade diet is of utmost importance and as such, have compiled a list of board certified nutritionists in the United States that will be able to assist with homemade diets for dogs and cats:

Click here for Clinical Trials in Clinical Nutrition currently recruiting patients

Members of the Clinical Nutrition Service

Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD Vet Sci, Dip ECVCN
Assistant Professor and Royal Canin Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition  

Dr. Caitlin Grant, DVM, BSc
DVSc student and Clinical Nutrition Resident for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) 

Dr. Sarah Dodd, DVM, BSc
MSc student and Clinical Nutrition Resident for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN)