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The 21st Annual AAVN Clinical Nutrition and Research Symposium took place on June 2nd and 3rd, 2021.  230+ attendees were able to watch and listen simultaneously from ten countries around the world.

20 research abstracts and four excellent keynote presentations were delivered this year, and 4-hours of RACE approved CE credit was available. Dr. Liara Gonzalez shared her research on intestinal permeability; Dr. David Dzanis took attendees on a 30-year odyssey of US pet food regulations; Dr. Michael Power reviewed the evolution of milk in various species, and Dr. Greg Aldrich discussed alternative protein sources for pet food.

The program included Q&A sessions following each keynote speaker and research presenter, a re-cap roundtable for student attendees, raffle prizes, and a trivia night. Many attendees were fully vaccinated by the time the Symposium was held, which offered the ability for a handful of ‘viewing parties’.

We could not have delivered this Symposium without the herculean, volunteer efforts of your AAVN Board members and our committed and generous sponsors (see below).

An evaluation survey was distributed to seek feedback from all participants. Your thoughts are vital in helping the new AAVN Board plan for next year’s meeting. More than anything, the organizers are always interested in getting names of potential keynote speakers, so please reach out via email to aavnexecutive@gmail.com if you have suggestions!


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