Our Team


The Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (CAVN) is composed of Fellows who have dedicated their veterinary careers to animal nutrition. Click below to learn more.

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Dr. Younes Chorfi


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Dr. Younes Chorfi received his veterinary degree in 1994; he graduated from the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute, Rabat, Morocco. He completed a master’s degree in 1999 and a Ph.D. in 2005 in Veterinary Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal. He is a full professor of “nutrition, feeding, and animal production.” Throughout his career, Dr. Chorfi has obtained many research grants on mycotoxins from Canadian federal and provincial agencies and the private sector. Dr. Chorfi is currently the head of the Department of Veterinary Biomedicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Sarah K. Abood


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Dr. Sarah Abood is a veterinary nutritionist and educator consulting with the pet food industry and veterinary health care teams. She performs regular contract work for Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc., and offers nutritional coaching for members of healthcare teams. From 2018 to 2020, Dr. Abood taught small animal nutrition and supervised the Clinical Nutrition Service at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph). Dr. Abood served from 1999 to 2016 as Assistant Dean of Student Programs at the Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also taught small animal nutrition, communication skills, animal welfare, and veterinary leadership. Between 1994 and 1999, she worked in Research and Development at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, MO. Sarah completed her nutrition residency and Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, a large animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota, and her DVM degree at Michigan State University. Sarah enjoys teaching, speaking, and writing with colleagues; she has co-authored dozens of scientific articles and book chapters.


Dr. Jackie Parr

BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Nutrition)

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Dr. Jackie Parr, a 2009 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition), joined the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition. In her role, Dr. Parr leads the Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service, providing nutritional consultations for cats and dogs.

Dr. Parr completed a rotating small animal internship and a residency in clinical nutrition at Angell Animal Medical Centre in Boston, MA. During her training, Dr. Parr was awarded the Dr. Sharon Drellich Memorial Award for professionalism, collegiality, and compassion. During her four years in Boston, she also completed a Master’s in biochemical and molecular nutrition at Tufts University.

Dr. Parr returned to OVC in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship and focus on developing the first Clinical Nutrition Service in Canada for the OVC Health Sciences Centre. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship and became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition) in 2015. She was awarded the OVC Young Alumnus Award in 2016.

From 2015-2020, Dr. Parr gained valuable experience working in the pet nutrition industry, which provided her with a unique perspective. Her ability to draw from her experiences in private practice, industry, and academia provides a well-rounded view when teaching the next generation of veterinarians. Based on her exemplary contributions to Royal Canin® Canada, she received a Canadian “Best in Show Award” in 2018. In 2019, she was a regional winner, and a global finalist for the “Make The Difference Awards.” Dr. Parr is passionate about teaching and social media. She is endearingly known as The Kibble QueenTM, a nickname her peers gave her during veterinary school due to her unrelenting passion for cat and dog nutrition. For more information, please visit www.kibblequeen.com.

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Dr. Erico Ribeiro

MV, PhD, ECVCN Resident

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Dr. Erico Ribeiro obtained his veterinary degree (MV) at Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) in Brazil in 2010, where he also completed a residency in small animal medicine in 2012. Following, he completed a residency, a master’s, and a Ph.D. in nutrition and clinical nutrition of dogs and cats at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) with Dr. Aulus Carciofi. He joined the OVC Clinical Nutrition Team in 2020 as a DVSc student and a resident of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. His research focuses on feline fatty acid metabolism.

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Dr. Sarah Wilson

BScH, DVM, DACVIM-Nutrition

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 Dr. Wilson started nutrition many years ago, getting an Honours Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2003, with a strong focus on animal nutrition. Following her undergraduate degree, she graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician at the University of Guelph in 2008. She then spent two years in private clinical practice in Canada, helping clients with all aspects of veterinary health, including nutrition. Dr. Wilson studied Veterinary Medicine in 2010 at St. Matthew’s University and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatchewan, Canada. She continued at WCVM in a small animal rotating internship and afterward worked as a Clinical Associate in the Small Animal Internal Medicine Department until 2015. Dr. Wilson then attended the University of California Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to complete a Small Animal Clinical Nutrition residency in 2017. Dr. Wilson is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and works as a private consultant for the industry and a clinical consultant for individual patients.

Dr. Wilson enjoys being able to help clients find ways to bring good nutrition to the pets they love, whether it is helping provide evidence-based nutrition guidance to companies so they can make nutritionally appropriate options for the public to purchase or helping customize options for individual animals.


Dr. Caitlin Grant


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Dr. Caitlin Grant attended the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and graduated with honors in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Grant became an associate veterinarian in a private, mixed animal practice. In 2017, she returned to OVC, completed a nutrition residency through the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN), and earned a Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) degree in September 2020. Dr. Grant then joined OVC as Assistant Professor and holds the Nestle Purina Professorship in Companion Animal Nutrition. She teaches nutrition to all Phases of the DVM program and is also the Service Chief for the Clinical Nutrition Service at OVC.


Dr. Allison Wara

BSc, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)

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Dr. Allison Wara was born and raised near Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and, later, from the Atlantic Veterinary College with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wara worked in small animal general practice before pursuing a residency program in clinical nutrition at the University of Missouri. After that, she taught on faculty at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Instructor in small animal veterinary nutrition. During this time, she also served as Director of the hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Nutrition Clinic. Dr. Wara holds a board certification in veterinary clinical nutrition and is a Diplomat of the ACVIM with a specialty in Nutrition. She currently works as a Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist with Royal Canin Canada.


Dr. Francisco Poblanno Silva

DVM, ECVCN Resident

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Francisco Poblanno graduated as Medico Veterinario Zootecnista (equivalent to DVM in North America) from Mexico’s National University (UNAM) in 2016. Before graduation, he did a Study Abroad Program at the Royal Veterinary College in London. After obtaining his degree, he worked in a small animal practice in Mexico City and in the swine industry in the Midwest United States. Afterward, he started working in Small Animal General Practice in Mississauga, Ontario. He always had a particular interest in nutrition and its impact on the welfare of all species. He is currently enrolled in the DVSc program in Clinical Nutrition at OVC and as a European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) resident. His research interests are focused on small animal clinical nutrition, particularly in feline obesity.  During his time off, he likes to go for walks and hikes with his wife and their chihuahua-cross Nash.


Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe


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Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe graduated as a companion animal veterinarian (DVM) from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2005. She completed her Ph.D. focusing on nutritional modulation of carbohydrate metabolism in cats in 2009. She became a European Veterinary Specialist™ in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition after completing a residency and board-certifying exam for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Verbrugghe joined the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, as Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Verbrugghe’s academic responsibilities at OVC include the development and teaching of the small animal clinical nutrition curriculum for the DVM program. Dr. Verbrugghe is also the service chief for the OVC Health Science Centre Clinical Nutrition Service. In 2019, she was awarded a Research Excellence Award from the University of Guelph. Her research interests include companion animal nutrition, the link between gut microbiota, health and disease, alteration of metabolic pathways through food, and nutritional modulation of inflammation and immunity.

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Shoshana Verton-Shaw

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

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 Shoshana graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, with honors. She received the Award for Proficiency in Canine and Feline Nutrition in 2007. She became the first Registered Veterinary Technician in Ontario to achieve her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition in 2015 and has been active with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians since. Shoshana enjoys sharing and igniting a passion for veterinary nutrition in her peers, with a particular interest in canine and feline obesity management and performance dog nutrition. Along with her dogs, Kinetic and Iron, Shoshana is an active member of the German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada, T.O.P. Working Dog Club, and the Kitchener-Waterloo German Shepherd Club.


Robin Saar

RVT, VTS (Nutrition)

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Robin became a registered technologist in 1996 and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Nutrition in 2019. Robin’s professional experience includes working in small and mixed animal practices as an RVT, and a Practice Manager, and she developed a nutrition program for a veterinary corporation. Robin has written multiple articles and chapters about nutrition and recently completed the first dedicated textbook on nutrition and small animal microbiomes with Dr. Sarah Dodd. Her new role as the Veterinary Onboarding Specialist at AnimalBiome meets her interest in nutrition and microbiome health. Currently, Robin is the Education Director for the CAVN and is the president-elect for the AVNT. She is currently completing her MSc in Animal Nutrition through Glasglow University.

Dr. Moran Tal


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Dr. Moran Tal Gavriel obtained her BSc in Animal Science (2003) and Veterinary Medicine degree (2008) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).Following her initial work as a clinician, she performed several public health associated roles, inclusive of the role of a Veterinary Officer for the Registration and Certification of Animal Feed in the Israeli Veterinary Services and Animals Health, Ministry of Agriculture (2011-2014). This role further ignited her interest in animal and clinical nutrition. Therefore, Dr. Tal Gavriel continued her education in a combined program – doctoral degree (Doctor of Veterinary Science, DVSc) and residency training in comparative clinical nutrition, at the Department of Clinical Studies and the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and graduated in 2018. Her research mainly focused on feline obesity and gastrointestinal microbiome, and generated several research manuscripts. She continues to serve as an Advisory Board member at the University of Guelph for graduate students, and became board certified specialist by the European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) in early 2022.

Dr. Tal Gavriel joined Royal Canin in 2018 as Nutrition Expert, and is active in her current position as Global Regulatory Sciences & Advocacy Senior Manager since early 2023.

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Dr. Sarah Dodd


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Dr. Jenna Manacki

Dr. Jenna Manacki


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Active Fellows:

Active Fellows are voting members of the CAVN who attend monthly teleconferences, actively participate in Working Groups and/or Taskforces, and volunteer large amounts of personal time to fulfilling the CAVN’s mission and goals.



Fellows are non-voting members of the CAVN. Our newest members enter the organization as Fellows and through contributions to monthly teleconferences, active participation on Working Groups and/or Taskforces, and volunteer hours, Fellows have the opportunity to become Active Fellows of the CAVN.

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