Speakers: Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller, Associate Professor, University of Guelph & Sydney Banton, Shoveller Laboratory Graduate Research Assistant
Dr. Shoveller received her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta in 2004 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph. From 2007-2015 she was employed by Procter & Gamble and Mars Pet Care where she added to the knowledge of dog and cat nutrition through investigation in the areas of energy metabolism and nutrient budgets of dogs and cats using indirect calorimetry and applying the indicator amino acid oxidation technique and indirect calorimetry to quantify amino acids requirements in adult dogs. Shoveller took her industrial experience and returned to academia where she now teaches companion animal and equine nutrition and runs an active comparative nutrition research group primarily focused on amino acid metabolism, protein quality, and macronutrient partitioning in dogs, cats, horses, and pigs. The global focus for the Shoveller lab is optimizing nutrition across mammalian species for health and longevity without compromising the future of our food chain.
Sydney recently completed her Master’s with Dr. Kate Shoveller in companion animal nutrition at the University of Guelph. Her research focused on grain-free diets in dogs, including supplementing a grain-free diet with micronutrients and investigating consumer habits towards grain-free diets via an international survey. Sydney is currently working with the Shoveller Laboratory as a graduate research assistant.