World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and Purina Institute: transforming companion animal medicine around the world.


The Purina Institute is proud to be the WSAVA’s first Diamond Partner, a relationship reflective of our shared goals. Founded in 1961, WSAVA is an association that represents more than 200,000 veterinarians and 112 member associations globally.

As the WSAVA’s first Diamond Partner, we support some key clinical committees and initiatives: Global Nutrition Committee (GNC), Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), Hereditary Disease Committee (HDC) and One Health Committee (OHC).

The Purina Institute is also a global partner for WSAVA One Care, a pioneering initiative to motivate veterinary associations in countries where companion animal practice is still emerging to raise the standards of care.

As part of our productive collaboration, we are able to provide a number of resources for you to use in your everyday conversations with pet owners. For more information on WSAVA, click the link to the right.


WSAVA's mission is to advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers.

Partner content for download




WSAVA content is now available directly from PurinaInstitute.com. As a veterinarian, you share our goal of advancing knowledge for the benefit of pets and the people who care for them, so you may find this series of exclusive resources useful.



Tools for your practice

  • WSAVA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines

    Guidelines for the nutritional evaluation of dogs and cats to promote optimal health, using five vital signs as part of the standard physical examination for all small animals.
  • Short Diet History Form


    A sheet to record details about a pet’s existing diet and energy levels to help start the conversation about optimizing a pet’s nutrition.
  • Calorie Needs for an Average Healthy Adult Cat and Dog in Ideal Body Condition*

    A quick reference of daily dietary caloric requirements based on the animal’s weight.

    *If the cat or dog is overweight, these estimates may be too high and further calorie restriction will be required.
  • Muscle Condition Score Chart for Cats and Dogs in Ideal Body Condition

    A simple visual guide to assessing muscle condition score in pets.

  • Body Condition Score (BCS) Video/Score Sheet for Cats and Dogs

    Developed by Purina and endorsed by WSAVA, an infographic that shows ideal and non-ideal cat and dog body conditions to help veterinarians and pet owners assess pets’ body condition score.

Keep up-to-date with the latest research by clicking on the links below to access published manuscripts.