Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe DVM, PhD, Dip ECVCN

Dr. Verbrugghe graduated as a veterinarian from Ghent University, Belgium in 2005 and continued her education in clinical nutrition at the same university. She finished her PhD dealing with nutritional modulation of carbohydrate metabolism in cats verbrugghe_adronie_cat.jpgin 2009 and became board certified for the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) in 2010. In December 2011, Dr. Verbrugghe joined OVC as assistant professor of clinical nutrition and Royal Canin Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition. Her major goal is to enhance nutrition education at OVC for undergraduate, DVM and graduate students. She also acts as Chief of the OVC Clinical Nutrition Service.

Dr. Verbrugghe's research focusses especially on feline nutrition. Cats are the number one pet in North America, yet, they are also the most misunderstood companion animal. Specific feline research is warranted, especially in the field of nutrition as cats have such unique nutritional requirements. Her major areas of interest are the link between nutrition, gut microbiota and general health, alteration of metabolic pathways through nutrition and nutritional modulation of inflammation and immunity.

A second area of interest is the link between cancer and nutrition. The popular press is filled with articles about cancer prevention and the promise of therapeutic breakthroughs, including functional foods and nutraceuticals. Still, very little data is available about the impact of nutrition on prevention and treatment of cancer in companion animals, which makes it very hard for veterinary health care teams to provide cancer patients with the nutritional care that pet owners expect.