New Clinical Nutrition Service helps veterinarians, pets and their owners

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The Colorado State University James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital announces its newly established Clinical Nutrition Service. This new resource for pet owners and veterinarians provides nutritional solutions for animals with unique nutritional needs.

“There is a natural association between diet and healing,” Dr. Tim Hackett, hospital director, said. “Nutrition is inherently important to health and the management of disease, and we think it is important to offer a comprehensive nutrition service.”

Unreliable information may lead to confusion among pet owners regarding the most appropriate nutritional solution for their pet. The new Clinical Nutrition Service provides consultations in person and remotely through your primary care veterinarian.

The service offers home-cooked diet formulations for healthy pets and for veterinary patients with specific nutritional needs, evaluation of current diet, recommendations for commercial diets, healthy weight management, and formulations of critical care diets.

“Everybody eats, and animals who are ill have special nutrition needs, so it’s a true specialty,” said Dr. Mike Lappin, who was instrumental in creating the new service, which was made possible, in part, by a donation from Purina PetCare.

The nutrition service staff:

Dr. Jonathan Stockman is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist who was educated in Israel, and completed two residency programs at the University of California, Davis. He joined the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2016 after three years as a senior researcher in the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Camille Torres-Henderson earned her veterinary degree at CSU in 2001 and entered small animal private practice in Albuquerque, N.M. She joined Community Practice at CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2008, and in 2011 earned board certification in feline and canine medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. As a general practitioner, she has observed the power of preventive medicine, and has investigated the effects of obesity on companion animals and nutrition’s role in obesity management.

Contact the service by calling the hospital, (970) 297-5000, or by email,