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The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
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Wednesday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nutrition: Functional Foods and Nutrigenomics

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Wholesome nutrition is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system and resistance to disease. Commercial foods ingested by animals on a regular basis may not be balanced in terms of major nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and some continue to add chemicals to the final product to enhance its stability and shelf-life. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances as well as exposures to various chemicals, drugs and toxins present a continual immunological challenge which can suppress immune function, especially in those animals genetically susceptible to immune dysfunction (immune deficiency, autoimmunity, allergies). Genetic differences between individuals lead to quantitative variations in dietary requirements for energy and nutrient needs, and to maintain health. Also, genetic defects may result in inborn errors of metabolism that affect one or more pathways involving nutrients or their metabolites. While minimal and maximal nutrient requirements have been established for most vitamins and trace mineral elements, optimum amounts for every individual cannot be assumed. The exciting new field of nutrigenomics is an emerging science that studies the molecular relationships between nutrition and the response of genes in promoting health. Different diets elicit varying patterns of gene and protein expression as well as metabolite production; these are termed molecular dietary signatures. New diagnostics for detecting food sensitivities and intolerance are now available using saliva, instead of serum or feces.

Speakers
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Jean Dodds

Hemopet
W. Jean Dodds, DVM graduated in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada. She has 5 decades of veterinary clinical and diagnostic research, over 150 publications, and membership in national and international committees. Hemopet, her non-profit national animal blood bank was started in 1986, and supplies canine blood products throughout the USA and Hong Kong, plus educational and clinical diagnostic services... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre