January 07, 2018

2014 ADSA/ASAS Companion Animal Symposium Interpretive Summary

Happy New Year everyone! We hope the transition into 2018 has been smooth. Here at ASAS you may have noticed this has not necessarily been the case! Although, we are working diligently to fix all quirks in our new online journal system, the JAS website has decided that we are back in 2015. Therefore, in the spirit of going "back to the future" we thought we would take advantage of the glitch and highlight some archival work: the Companion Animal Symposium from the ADSA/ASAS Annual Meeting in 2014.

The 2014 symposium hit heavy on the sustainability of companion animal nutrition. For nutritional sustainability to be met, a sufficient amount of energy and essential nutrients must be provided to the animal via diet. Proper use of nutritionally complete and balanced pet foods was discussed by K.S. Swanson and has been linked to better health, as well as a significantly longer life span of pets. Therefore, for the food system to become sustainable, confirmation of sufficient nutritional quality and safety of ingredients is essential.

One highly impactful process which aids to the overall sustainability of our food system is the use of raw materials rendered from food animal production. Discussed by D.L. Meeker was ingredient sourcing, quality and safety of the rendering industry, and its ability to support the prevention of disease through microbiological control. Further clarification of this sustainable practice was discussed while explaining the improvements in regulatory policies that focus on food safety. Dr. Meeker suggested that rendering not only is a low cost sustainable option, but also provides feed ingredients high in protein, digestible amino acids and the improvement of mineral bioavailability.

Visit these articles on the JAS website to learn more:

Companion Animals Symposium: Future aspects and perceptions of companion animal nutrition and sustainability. P. Deng and K.S. Swanson

Companion Animals Symposium: Rendered ingredients significantly influence sustainability, quality, and safety of pet food. D.L. Meeker and J.L. Meisinger

In keeping with growing our Companion Animal Program, Companion Animal Committee has put together a dynamic 2018 program with 3 symposia:

Monday, July 9, 2018: Clinical Pet Nutrition

Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Pet Nutrition in Canada

Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Considerations for Exotic or Wild Animals