The Nutrition Service provides nutritional recommendations and feeding plans for patients undergoing treatment for and recovering from medical and surgical ailments at the Veterinary Hospital. The Clinical Nutrition Service works closely with the Critical Care Service in ensuring optimal nutrition by designing both voluntary and assisted feeding nutrition support plans.

We specialize in the management of all types of assisted feeding ports and the preparation and delivery of intravenous nutrition as needed. We work closely with Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology, the Rehabilitation Service and other specialized services to provide state-of-the-art individualized nutritional plans for patients with various medical conditions.

We provide individual nutrition consultations for dogs, cats and horses. We work in conjunction with both your pet’s specialist veterinarian and family veterinarian. We are not beholden to any particular pet food company and receive no monetary “kickback” for our recommendations. Therefore we are able to provide simply the best dietary options for your pet.

Department Specialties

  • Commercial diet recommendations
  • Critical care nutrition for inpatients
  • Individualized assisted (tube) feeding protocols
  • Elimination diet trials for the diagnosis and management of suspected food allergies
  • Orphaned neonatal feeding plans
  • Customized weight loss programs
  • Complete and balanced home-prepared recipe formulations

Nutrition Resources

Nutrition for mature pets

Mature Pet Diets

What do you feed your mature cat or dog? Diet recommendations for a healthy senior pet.

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Evaluating pet food

Evaluating Pet Food

With so many pet foods out there, how do you choose the best food for your dog or cat?

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BARD diets

Biologically Appropriate Raw Diets

What is a Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet (BARD) and what do you need to know before feeding?

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cats with chronic kidney disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

With careful monitoring and management, cats with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) live happy, comfortable lives.

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Weight Management Diets

Weight Management Diets

Weight management and your pet. Find out how to create a healthy lifestyle for your cat or dog.

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food allergies

Food Allergies

Does your pet have a food allergy? What pet owners should know about reactions to pet food ingredients.

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Additional nutrition resources

Additional Resources

Browse print and digital resources for pet owners and veterinary professionals

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food allergies

Hydrolyzed Diets

Prescription hydrolyzed diets and novel protein have far stricter quality control while OTC diets can contain contaminant proteins that may skew the results of an elimination diet trial.

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heart disease


Why and how should my pet maintain a healthy weight?

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food allergies

Red Bowl Fund

The Red Bowl Fund helps us train the next generation of veterinarians through research, education and outreach opportunities.

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FAQs and Downloadable Resources

At the current time we are unable to accept consultations for cases that are not currently patients or already referred into services at NCSU-CVM. We are still providing Veterinarian consultations as described below:

Appointment Guidelines
All consultations require a referral from your family veterinarian or veterinary specialist. Consults can be completed either by an in-person appointment or via telemedicine (i.e. phone/email).

Referring veterinarians should submit a Veterinarian Referral Consult Request form via email or fax along with all pertinent medical records. If an in-person appointment is desired, please note on the referral form and a client service representative will call to schedule the 30-minute appointment.

Veterinarian Consults
How does a Veterinarian request a Nutrition Consult for a patient?

The Clinical Nutrition Service offers phone /Skype or web email based consultations to veterinarians for a wide variety of medical conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal disease and those challenging cases with more than one medical condition. We also offer consultations to pet owners with a keen interest in the pet food industry.

Email Consult Instructions:

  • Complete the Veterinarian Nutrition Consult Request (pdf download) 
  • Please EMAIL the completed consult to (preferred) or
    fax the completed consult request form (919.513.6905) and the pertinent medical records (to include results of all diagnostics) to Attn: Nutrition Service.
  • Once the request form has been received, a representative of the Nutrition Service will contact you by the end of the following business day to provide an estimated date of consultation completion. If you have not been contacted and submitted a request, please call 919.513.6999 to confirm referral receipt.
  • Once all materials have been received, the average turnaround time for commercial and assisted feeding recommendations is 2-5 business days. Homemade diet formulations can take up to 20 business days for completion.

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