Susanna Ryan, Jo Gale and Chris Charlton from the Science Communication team and Richard Butterwick, Principal Nutrition Scientist spent a week at various sites including Querétaro, Guadalajara and the Royal Canin offices in Mexico City.
External activities were also part of the agenda, with the main external event of the week being a vet symposium co-hosted by WALTHAM, Mars Petcare Mexico and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Over 700 vets attended to hear lectures on nutrition, human-animal interaction, urinary tract health and oral care. WALTHAM pocketbooks were also in high demand with hundreds of copies being snapped up within the first hour!
“The veterinary symposium was a fantastic opportunity for WALTHAM and Mars Petcare to partner with UNAM” said Jo Gale, Science and Technical Communications Manager at WALTHAM, “We really enjoyed meeting so many veterinarians and sharing the expertise of WALTHAM on the importance of complete and balanced nutrition on pet health. The attendees were particularly interested in the research findings showing the many health and emotional benefits that pets bring to people and the role that vets can play in promoting a strong bond between pets and their owners”.
Mexican TV Viewers Tune in to WALTHAM
As part of the recent visit to Mexico for the WALTHAM “50 Years of Science” roadshow Jo Gale, Science and Technical Communications Manager, appeared on the Canal Once (Channel 11) breakfast show to talk about human-animal interaction research and the many benefits that pets bring to people. “Communicating the mutual benefits that pets and their owners gain from a strong and positive relationship is key in promoting responsible pet ownership, which is core to the Mars Petcare vision of creating a better world for pets” said Jo.