Leading international experts in the field of veterinary and nutritional sciences will come together this week at the WALTHAM® International Nutritional Sciences Symposium (WINSS) to discuss critical issues in the field of pet health and nutrition, such as healthy ageing and tackling pet obesity. WINSS is hosted by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, the state-of-the-art petcare science centre for Mars Petcare that provides the science and expertise underpinning leading Mars brands.
"Since the publication of our first original research in 1963, we have pioneered a number of important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition", commented Dr Denise Elliott, Head of Research, WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition. "Forums such as WINSS are an opportunity to share this knowledge and advance understanding by fostering dialogue among the scientific and veterinary communities. In this way, we ensure that we are at the forefront of the latest scientific developments and that the broader field of research continues to move forward for the benefit of both pets and their owners."
WALTHAM® has been hosting WINSS since 1987 with the aim of bringing together leading experts in pet health and nutrition to discuss and share current and future research in the field. This year's meeting will take place from 1–4 October in Portland, Oregon, USA, and will include over 100 research presentations on a diverse range of topics. The symposium is co-sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital®, the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition, and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
One of the key pieces of research presented at this year's WINSS will be a recent WALTHAM® study, carried out in collaboration with Banfield Pet Hospital®, highlighting the far-reaching consequences for dogs of being overweight.
About the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition
Celebrating 50 years of innovative science, the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition serves as a leading scientific authority in advancing the frontiers of research into the nutrition and health of companion animals. Located in Leicestershire, England, the renowned state-of-the-art science institute for Mars Petcare generates knowledge that enables the development of innovative products that meet pets’ needs in a practical way. Since the publication of its first original research in 1963, WALTHAM® has pioneered many important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition and human-animal interaction, resulting in more than 1,700 publications, including over 600 peer-review scientific papers. Today, WALTHAM® continues to collaborate with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, driving Mars Petcare’s Vision to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® and providing the science and expertise that underpins leading Mars Petcare brands such as WHISKAS®, PEDIGREE®, NUTRO®, TRILL®, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES®, AQUARIAN®, WINERGY®, BANFIELD Pet Hospital® and the ROYAL CANIN® brand.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” — this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD Pet Hospital®, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA ® Coffee Roasterscoffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea, DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA®, WISDOM PANEL® and SERAMIS®.
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