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Meet the hosts

Dr. Kate Shoveller

Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller has received her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta. At present, she is a Professor and the Champion Chair in Canine and Feline Nutrition, Physiology, and Metabolism in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Along her career, Dr. Shoveller worked in the industry with dog and cat nutrition, investigating energy metabolism and nutrient budgets for pets as well as connecting owner noticeable behavior with animal quality of life. Now back in academia, she teaches companion animal, comparative and equine nutrition; runs an active comparative nutrition research group; and focuses on optimizing nutrition across mammalian species to achieve health and longevity without compromising the future of our food chain. She is the winner of several awards, has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, contributed to multiple book chapters, holds multiple patents, and has mentored countless students from all levels.

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Dr. Dennis Jewell

Dr. Dennis Jewell has received his B.Sc. in Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin; his M.Sc. in Animal Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University; and his Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Georgia. Currently, he holds the positions of Adjunct Faculty Member at Kansas State University; editor of the Journal Animals; Member of the American Society of Nutrition and the American Society of Animal Scientists; and Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition. Dr. Jewell has strong foundational knowledge of biochemical and physiological principles, which drive nutrient requirements, and throughout his extensive career in animal nutrition, with an emphasis in dogs and cats, he has been involved with research and product development, legal and regulatory. He has over 275 published book chapters, patents, peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts, along with over 5,400 citations in scientific research papers.

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Dr. Julia Pezzali

Dr. Julia Guazzelli Pezzali has received her Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; her M.Sc. from Kansas State University, US; and her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, Canada. She joined Iowa State University in February of 2023 as an Assistant Professor, and in November of the same year, she returned to Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Pet Food Program. In her current role, Dr. Pezzali teaches several classes, including pet food processing, companion animal nutrition, graduate student seminars, and co-teaches feed and pet food experience, as well as introduction to feed and pet food courses. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Pezzali has conducted numerous research trials in both basic and applied companion animal nutrition and pet food processing. Her current research program focuses on how processing techniques impact the nutritional quality of pet food, and on characterizing the impact of ingredients, processing conditions, and nutritional interventions on the digestion of nutrients and the metabolism of dogs and cats. The ultimate goal of her research is to support the pet food industry in developing sustainable products that promote the health and well-being of pets.

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Dr. Jan Suchodolski

Jan S. Suchodolski is a professor, Purina PetCare Endowed Chair fo Microbiome Research, associate director and head of microbiome sciences at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He received his DrVetMed from the University Vienna, Austria and his PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University. He is board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). His research is focused on developing biomarkers for gastrointestinal disease and therapeutic approaches for the modulation of the intestinal microbiota. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed articles in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and microbiome research.

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Meet the founder

Dr. Marcio Goncalves

Dr. Marcio Goncalves earned his veterinary degree from UFRGS, a top university in Brazil, and his PhD in applied swine nutrition from Kansas State University and worked as Global Nutritionist for one of the major swine genetic companies where he led nutrient requirement updates, diet formulation & feeding program for nucleus farms, development of nutritional economic models, and reviewing diets from over 100 customers. Currently, he is the founder of Wisenetix, the largest network of podcasts in the agriculture industry.

He has over 15 years of experience in swine production with exposure to over 20 countries and 120 research studies in pig nutrition/production and his life purpose is to create a positive impact in the world through knowledge dissemination in the global ag industry.

Additionally, he is a member of the Non-Ruminant Nutrition Symposium Committee at the American Society of Animal Science. More information can be found at Google ScholarResearch Gate, and LinkedIn.