Caitlin: What is your favorite supplement and why?
Anything fresh – I am an advocate for adding fresh food in every pet’s bowl (even in small amounts). In my experience, small additions of fresh fruit, veggies and lean meats can make a profound difference.
Beth: What got you interested in animal nutrition?
Like many in this industry, it was my own sick pet that was the catalyst for diving into animal nutrition. Many don’t realize that I came from the human side, and soon realized that the animal nutrition field does not have the depth of research and options that human nutrition does.
Ashley: What supplement is beneficial for all pets’ health?
Short answer: None. Long answer is that every pet is different, and therefore they have unique needs that are based on genetics, lifestyle, breed, age and diet.
Savannah: As a small business owner, what do you consider to be your most noteworthy accomplishment?
The team that works here. Building a successful team that works together is no small feat, and without each of you NPP wouldn’t exist.
Leah: What was life like before your adventure with NPP?
From a professional level, l held several different positions that helped to shape my education and experiences: paramedic, pharmaceutical research and medical education. Prior to NPP I traveled often throughout the country and even internationally for various medical/nutrition related meetings and events.
Tina: What would be your dream position be once you finish getting your PhD in canine nutrition?
There are a very small handful of PhD canine nutritionists in the entire world and there is a large need for more and a very large education and research gap for canine (and feline) nutrition. Many people don’t realize that many brands of pet food are never formulated or reviewed by a qualified PhD nutritionist. Therefore I believe the largest impact could be made by teaching other graduate students and veterinarians at the University level to elevate the pet food industry to do proper research and make meaningful research contributions to both human and animal health.
Nikki: What has been your most impactful success story during your time doing nutrition counseling?
This is a tough question. We at NPP know that most pets improve with even incremental changes to their diets. Considering this, I think that success in that space is helping pet parents to see the bigger picture and why nutrition is fundamental to health and wellness.
Jenna: Everyone at NPP has learned so much from you. What have you learned from the team?
I am continually learning from this team. It’s probably not common knowledge that I had zero small business experience or full ‘people management experience. Everyone here is incredibly talented at problem-solving, adapting to change and speaking up when they have ideas – and we foster this environment! This approach has allowed each of us to learn and grow together and therefore each and everyone that is a member of this team has contributed to the success of NPP.
Missy: What is your ultimate goal after you complete your PhD?
The purpose of a Ph.D. is to learn how to do research. Another part is often to teach younger students of the same field you’re completing your doctorate in. I’m looking forward to doing both of these things and contributing advancements to the field of canine nutrition.
Asking the important questions now…can we see some pictures of your pets?
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