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Winter 2018, Gastroenterology , Nutrition

The Gastrointestinal Microbiota: An Introduction

Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University and got her specialty certification in Emergency/ Critical Care in 2000, in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and in Nutrition in 2013. In 2017 she attained her Fear Free Level on certification, and has since moved into level 2.

She has worked in general, emergency, specialty practice, education and management. Ann is active in her state, national and specialty organizations, and served on the organizing committees for Internal Medicine and Nutrition. She has mentored over 20 fellow VTSs and has worked on a variety of committees and positions. She is currently an instructor and Academic Advisor for Ashworth College’s Veterinary Technology Program, as well as an active speaker and writer.

Ann has over 50 published articles in various professional magazines as well as book chapters and a book, Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses in its second edition in 2016 coauthored with Kara Burns. Ann received the 2009 Service Award for her state association (MAVT), the 2010 Achievement Award for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and in 2012 received the Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture Award presented at NAVC.

Her fur/feather/fin family consists of 4 cats, 2 domestic geese, 14 chickens and a pond full of goldfish.

This article examines the important role microbiota plays in the development, immune regulation, and maintenance of an animal’s GI health.

Nutrition

Develop a Nutrition Program in Your Practice

Heather Lynch RVT, LVT |Tatum Point Animal Hospital | Phoenix, Arizona

Heather is the technical director at Tatum Point Animal Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She previously spent over 10 years working as the supervising technician in internal medicine at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego, California. She is a co-author of Evaluation of Detemir Insulin in Diabetic Dogs Managed with Home Blood Glucose Monitoring (2010 ACVIM Proceedings) and is a regular speaker at local and national veterinary conferences, most recently AVMA and Western Veterinary Conference. Ms. Lynch is happy to be contacted at [email protected]

With pet obesity on the rise and ever more complicated pet food options available, experienced guidance is more important than ever. Here’s how to develop a practical nutrition program for your practice.

Canine parvovirus is a longstanding nemesis of veterinary professionals. Learn why enteral feeding benefits patients with this common disease and how to measure, place, and use nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes.
Sep/Oct 2016, Nutrition

How and Why to Feed Canine Parvovirus Patients Right Away

Kenichiro Yagi MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

Ken has spent nearly 20 years in practice. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care, as well as small animal internal medicine, and earned his master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He served as ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital until 2018, and is now Program Director for the RECOVER CPR Initiative and simulation lab manager of the Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory at Cornell University. He co-chairs the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serves as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council.

Canine parvovirus is a longstanding nemesis of veterinary professionals. Learn why enteral feeding benefits patients with this common disease and how to measure, place, and use nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes.

May/June 2016, Nutrition

Feeding Puzzles for Dogs and Cats Help Boost Nutrition and Enrichment

Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University and got her specialty certification in Emergency/ Critical Care in 2000, in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and in Nutrition in 2013. In 2017 she attained her Fear Free Level on certification, and has since moved into level 2.

She has worked in general, emergency, specialty practice, education and management. Ann is active in her state, national and specialty organizations, and served on the organizing committees for Internal Medicine and Nutrition. She has mentored over 20 fellow VTSs and has worked on a variety of committees and positions. She is currently an instructor and Academic Advisor for Ashworth College’s Veterinary Technology Program, as well as an active speaker and writer.

Ann has over 50 published articles in various professional magazines as well as book chapters and a book, Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses in its second edition in 2016 coauthored with Kara Burns. Ann received the 2009 Service Award for her state association (MAVT), the 2010 Achievement Award for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and in 2012 received the Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture Award presented at NAVC.

Her fur/feather/fin family consists of 4 cats, 2 domestic geese, 14 chickens and a pond full of goldfish.

Mental stimulation can benefit pets’ health in many ways. Feeding puzzles provide not only environmental enrichment, but also a fun way to control food portions. Get suggestions for how to use—and build!—feeding puzzles.

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