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Specialty Services - Clinical Nutrition

The canine and feline nutrition program offers the following services for pet owners:

  • Evaluation of feeding plans and commercial diets for healthy pets
  • Nutritional recommendations for growth, maintenance, reproduction, working, and special needs of young, adult, and senior pets
  • Customized plans for weight loss
  • Evaluation and formulation of home recipes for owners who wish to prepare their own pet diets
  • Information and education on the pet food industry and current issues including:
    • Commercial diets
    • Supplements
    • Nutraceuticals
    • Alternative diets such as raw feeding, organic, grain-free, etc.

Consultations are available by phone, fax, e-mail, mail, or by appointment at the VMTH. There is no charge for general questions or brief consults. Fees are assessed for written consult requests. The clinic of the referring veterinarian will be billed for all services. Written recommendations will be sent to the referring veterinarian before billing. Downloadable request forms (pdf and MSWord) to be submitted for written consultations are available below.

Consultation form (MSWord)
Consultation form (Adobe PDF)

Contact us:

Phone: (573) 882-7821
Fax: (573)884-7563



Robert Backus - D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition
Associate professor

Allison M. Wara - D.V.M.
Program Director of the Physical Rehabilitation and Nutrition Clinic
Clinical Instructor of Veterinary Nutrition



Lauren Young - D.V.M.


Specialty Services



Clinical Nutrition

Community Practice



Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Internal Medicine

Minimally Invasive Interventional Procedures




Physical Rehabilitation


Small Animal Surgery


Download Referral Form



Regular Hours
Monday- Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(573) 882-7821

Emergency Services
Licensed veterinarian on premises
Available 24 hours a day
After hours and weekends,
please call (573) 882-4589

Clydesdale Hall
900 East Campus Drive
Columbia, MO 65211





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