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Young student scientists get a taste for careers in pet nutrition research

On February 13th we hosted our third major careers event welcoming students from the Universities of Nottingham and Leeds, Nottingham Trent and South Staffordshire College.

 
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Gut feel meets big data analysis

Certain bacteria could make you fat. That was the surprise finding by an American research team based at the Centre for Genome Studies in 2006. With advances in DNA sequencing technology and big data analytics, we are now able to study the impact of diet on gut bacteria in cats.

 
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WALTHAM International Nutritional Science Symposium

Read and watch the highlights from one of the largest pet nutrition conferences, WINSS 2016.

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Shining the light on pet dental health

WALTHAM pioneer a new method for measuring plaque in pets. Scientists often look to fellow experts, other professions and published work for inspiration, or more simply, stand on the shoulders of giants. This is exactly what the Oral Health team at WALTHAM did to improve methods to measure dental plaque in our pets.

 
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Experts and policymakers discuss the value of pets

On January 31st, in London, pet welfare and human-animal interaction experts met with political stakeholders and policymakers for an in-depth discussion of the recent report "The Economic Impact of Companion Animals in the UK"

 
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Free workshop to develop your career in pet nutrition

WALTHAM to sponsor 3 day forum to support researchers. Embarking on a new career or simply trying to develop within your chosen research discipline can be challenging. This is particularly true in a small, competitive global field, such as pet nutrition science.

 
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First UK ESVCN Congress

WALTHAM to co-organise the first European Society of Veterinary & Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN) Congress in the UK.
In September 2017, in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University, we welcome one of the largest animal nutrition conferences to Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

 
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New equine collaboration set to answer tough research questions

A new research partnership has been announced between the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center and the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group


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Meaty topics and fatty livers

Two young food scientists visit WALTHAM
“It’s a real challenge” explains food scientist Michelle Neville “Everyone is being advised to cut down on the amount of meat they eat but, for meat lovers, nothing else quite hits the mark”.

 
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Confused about feed supplements for horses?

With supplements for seemingly every condition and body system, what should you say or recommend to horse owners?

 
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Are you feeding your horse enough hay?

Experts agree to significantly increase the minimum recommendation for feeding forage following comprehensive review.
Horses have evolved to graze frequently on small amounts for up to 15 hours a day. But today, horses and ponies are frequently stabled for part or all of the day and fed a limited supply of preserved forage, such as hay or haylage.

 
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Pets are a child’s best friend

New study finds that children value the companionship of their pet even more than their sibling

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters, according to a newly published University of Cambridge study. Children also appear to get on even better with their animal companions than with siblings. The research adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being.

 
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$50,000 of Nutrition Research Grants available in 2017

The field of companion animal nutrition is relatively small, but is hugely important to further our understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health. Studies in this allow us to continually improve the diets of our pets.

 
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Dog breeds look different on the outside, but what about the inside?

Differences between dog breeds are easily to see: Body size, colour, shape and coat type all contribute to an extraordinary range of breed appearances.
But what about what we can’t see? Are there differences in the inner workings, or metabolism, of healthy dogs that are characteristic of a particular breed as well?

 
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Genetic screening could help protect your cat 

New study will pinpoint disease-linked feline gene patterns

Barely a week passes without the press declaring that scientists have found genetic markers for a variety of human ills. These advances are increasingly fuelled by a boom in a method known as whole genome sequencing. This enables scientists to decipher an individual’s 3 billion letter DNA code that is the blueprint for human life.

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Dogs may be a tonic for battle scarred veterans

One in five US veterans of recent conflicts suffers from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression . This can lead to huge problems, including family breakdown, substance abuse and an inability to re-integrate with wider society.

 
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Pets estimated to save UK National Health Service up to £2.45 billion a year

New report quantifies economic benefits of UK pets

6th December, 2016: Pets account for millions of pounds worth of economic activity in the UK and may reduce National Health Service (NHS) costs by nearly two and a half billion pounds, according to a new report published today.

 
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Benefits Of Pets For Older People Takes Centre Stage In New Orleans

WALTHAM and Mars Petcare present new research results at major ageing conference

6th December, 2016: More than 3,600 international experts from academia, industry, and government gathered in New Orleans last month to discuss the science of aging at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

 
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Voluntary activity: the missing link in accurate calculation of equine energy requirements?

Horses are increasingly becoming obese and, as with humans, overweight horses are prone to a number of debilitating conditions. So it’s important that they get the right balance of calories and exercise to maintain a healthy body condition.

 
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