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Gifts in Action 2014
We Can Feed
Our Patients Even Better Thanks to a New Diet Kitchen
(l-r) Emily Cross, Purina Veterinary
Bryan Slinker, dean of the college;
Ainsley Bone (’11 DVM);
Harmon Rogers, director of the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Feeding our patients the very best
nutrition got a whole lot easier thanks
to a partnership between WSU and the
Nestlé Purina Center for Nutrition
Excellence program. In the spring of
2013, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
received the state-of-the-art dietary
kitchen thanks to a $70,000 gift from
Nestlé Purina to the college.
"Nestlé Purina partnered with Washington State University to install a
state-of-the-art diet kitchen, which provided a significant upgrade to the
hospital’s facilities," said Emily Cross, Purina Veterinary Communications
With the diet kitchen, veterinary students, residents and faculty have easier
access to therapeutic diets for hospitalized animals. A computer workstation
inside the kitchen allows students and veterinarians to use special nutrition
software to calculate optimal diets depending on a patient’s needs. There are
also dispensers for dozens of dry and canned pet foods that makes it easy to
prepare the special diets required by hospital patients.
"The organization in the kitchen is very helpful in making diet
recommendations based on patient conditions," said Matt Mickas, WSU small animal
For oncology patients, for instance, who greatly benefit from additional
calories and high quality nutrition, the kitchen can help veterinarians easily
find the optimal diet plan.
"When animals are really sick they can have food aversions," said Rebekah
Lewis, a WSU oncology resident. "Having a variety helps a lot because we can
try different foods."
Lewis explained that maintaining a
good quality of life for patients is the
goal. "We want them to be as happy and
comfortable as we can," she said.
"By providing ready access to optimally formulated diets, the kitchen
enhances the care and recovery of small animal patients," said Deb Sellon,
interim hospital director. "It also is a great educational tool to help
veterinary students better understand how important nutrition is in a
comprehensive medical care plan for their patients."
Nestlé Purina also supports the WSU Pet Loss Support Hotline, the
Veterinary Clinical Communications Program, senior papers, scholarships, and our
Transitions Ceremony for third year students.
The state-of-the-art kitchen makes it easy to prepare special diets for