Webinar: The benefits of optimizing companion animal gut health

3/30/22
Online - On-Demand Webinar

Petfood Industry webinar series logoWatch on demand now to learn why gastrointestinal health is important for the overall short- and long-term health of animals.

This presentation will serve as a refresher on the benefits of optimizing gut health in companion animals. This high-level presentation will share why probiotics are not a required nutritional element but explain why they are considered extra nourishment. This webinar will lay out supporting research to confirm the benefits, and then both verify and validate them. Featured speakers include Dr. Jan Suchodolski, Professor and Associate Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University, and Russ Kelley, Scientific Services Nutritionist for the North American PRO Pillar at Royal Canin. The special guest moderator will include Greg Aldrich Ph.D., president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  1. Recognize why gastrointestinal health is important for the overall short- and long-term health of animals.
  2. Learn about novel molecular and metabolic methods to assess the microbiome and dysbiosis.
  3. Understand that microbiome dysbiosis patterns vary between different acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders.
  4. Discover the negative effects of antibiotics on the microbiome and the challenges that take place to rebalance the microbiome after disruption.

This webinar is sponsored by Chr. Hansen and presented by Petfood Industry and WATT Global Media.

 


Speaker Info:

Jan headshotDr. Jan Suchodolski, Professor and Associate Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University

Dr. Jan S. Suchodolski graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. After working for several years in a small animal specialty clinic he returned to academia and received his his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University for his work on molecular markers for the assessment of the intestinal microbiota. He is board-certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). He currently serves as  Professor and Associate Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

 

Russ KelleyRuss Kelley, Scientific Services Nutritionist for the North American PRO Pillar at Royal Canin

Russ Kelley is an Alumni of Auburn University, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. His undergraduate emphasis was Meat Science and Animal Production. Russ’s graduate work focused on Growth & Development with an emphasis on embryonic and neonatal muscle development. Russ was on staff at Auburn University as a Research Specialist from 1993-1997. He joined The Iams Company in 1997 as a member of the Strategic Research Group (Upstream) where he led efforts in Maternal and Neonatal Nutrition with an emphasis on fatty acid metabolism. He also led efforts in the Service, Sporting, and Working Dog Segments and developed multiple collaborative Research Alliances with external organizations. Later he also led Gastrointestinal Health efforts with emphasis on Puppy and Stress Models. Upon retiring from The Iams Company, Russ founded Kelley Canine Consulting where he served numerous organizations around the globe on Colony Management, Facility Design, Nutritional Management, and Breeder Selection Criteria. Russ returned to industry in 2016, joining Royal Canin as Science Lead / Service, Working and Sporting Dog Program Manager.  Russ accepted his current role of Scientific Services Nutritionist for the North American PRO Pillar in September of 2020 where he leads technical communication and support for the PRO and SPT Sporting, Working, Service, and Breeder Segments.

 


Guest Moderator Info:

Greg Aldrich_v2Greg Aldrich PhD, president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc.

Greg Aldrich, PhD, president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc., is an independent nutritionist specializing in foods, ingredients and nutrition for companion animals, as well as research professor and petfood program coordinator for the petfood research production program at Kansas State University. He writes a monthly column for Petfood Industry magazine on ingredient issues. Aldrich earned his doctorate in nutrition from the University of Illinois, a master of science from the University of Missouri and bachelor of science from Kansas State. He has held management and technical positions with Co-op Feeds, the Iams Co., Kemin Industries Inc. and Menu Foods Ltd. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Society for Nutrition and American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.