About PNA

Helping pets live longer, happier and healthier lives through better nutrition.

To position nutrition as essential to optimal pet health by providing resources to veterinary healthcare teams.

When the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) made the decision to develop the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, the Association also made the commitment to support the development of educational resources to increase compliance with the guidelines’ recommendations. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) used the AAHA guidelines to develop the WSAVA Global Nutritional Assessment Guidelines. WSAVA has committed to developing tools to support this initiative globally.

To promote the importance of nutrition in the health of pets worldwide, the following organizations have been working together on what has now become known as the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA):

  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians

Executive Board

  • Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN (ACVN), President (representing the American College of Veterinary Nutrition)
  • Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN, President Elect (representing the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition)
  • Douglas G. Aspros, DVM (AVMA), Past President (representing the American Veterinary Medical Association)
  • Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) (AVNT), Secretary/Treasurer (representing the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians)

Board Members

  • Jim Berry, DVM (representing the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)
  • Colin Burrows, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM (representing the World Small Animal Veterinary Assocaiton)
  • Laura Eirmann, DVM, DACVN (representing Nestlé Purina – non-voting)
  • Ralph Johnson (representing Veterinary Medical Association Executives)
  • Becky Mullis, DVM, DACVN (representing Hills Pet Nutrition – non-voting)
  • Lisa Lopshire, BBA, CVPM (representing American Animal Hospital Association)
  • Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR (representing National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America)

Wendy Dox | PNA Executive Director

 PNA Educational Tools Committee

      • Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR; Chair
      • Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)
      • Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
      • Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN
      • Laura Eirmann, DVM, DACVN
      • Tabitha Hookey, DVM
      • Lily Johnson, DVM, DACVN
      • Ken Lambrecht, DVM
      • Tamberlyn Moyers, LVMT, VTS (Nutrition)
      • Maryanne Murphy, DVM, DACVN
      • Tammy Owens, DVM, DACVN
      • Sally Perea, DVM, MS, DACVN
      • Allison Wara, DVM, DACVN

    Member Organizations

    PNA represents all facets of pet nutrition and education through the hard work, support and dedication to the common cause for the best in pet nutrition and education.

    The Pet Nutrition Alliance thanks our Founding Sponsoring Organizations, for their continued generosity and commitment to pet nutrition.

    Educational Sponsors