Clinical Nutrition

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service offers:

  • in-person appointments to pet owners
  • case consultation and support to other veterinarians and patients within the VMC
  • remote case consultation or diet formulation to Canadian veterinarians

We do not offer remote consultation directly to pet owners as we must establish a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship in person. However, if you live far away, it is possible for us to assist your primary veterinarian in managing your pet’s nutritional needs.

The VMC has a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to assist pet owners and veterinarians with nutritional needs. A veterinary nutritionist has extensive experience in managing the nutritional needs of dogs and cats that range from healthy animals to those with complex medical histories.

Depending on an individual pet’s needs, we can provide either general recommendations or a highly specific diet plan that is customized for your pet. 

Examples of services include:

  • Recommendations for commercial diet selection
  • Assisted (tube) feeding plans
  • Weight loss plans
  • Customized home-cooked diet formulations 

There are several ways you can use the Clinical Nutrition Service:

  • Make an appointment with the VMC veterinary nutritionist
  • Ask your local primary veterinarian contact us so we can discuss your pet's case. If a formal consult is warranted, we will ask your veterinarian to submit the necessary forms and paperwork so we can develop a detailed consult report. We will provide the report to your veterinarian who can share it with you at his or her discretion.
  • If your pet is currently hospitalized at the VMC or receives regular treatment from one of our clinicians, please ask if a nutrition consult may benefit your pet. We can then schedule an appointment to see you directly or work with your VMC veterinarian on a consultation basis, depending on what is most appropriate for the circumstances and to meet your needs. 

Direct Appointments

To schedule an appointment, visit Appointments or please contact the Small Animal Clinic at 306-966-7126. 

You will need to:

  • Download and complete a Diet History Form. Please email copy of the completed form to vmccorrespond@usask.ca or fax it to 306-966-7156 (Attention: Clinical Nutrition Service). 
  • Ask your primary veterinarian submit an online referral request
  • Ask your primary veterinarian to provide recent bloodwork and other relevant medical records (if coming from an outside clinic). This should include a complete blood count, serum chemistry with electrolytes, and a urinalysis performed within the past six months, or more recently if the pet is sick. It may also need to include a T4, blood pressure, additional imaging, biopsy reports, or other results that are pertinent to the case.

Please contact us if there are any questions. We request these results so we can provide the most precise recommendations for your specific pet that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes and to avoid any potential for unintended negative consequences.

You must submit a completed Diet History Form to the Veterinary Medical Centre no later than 48 hours before your scheduled appointment so we can maximize our appointment time with you and your pet!