Julie A. Churchill - The Fountain of Age: Feeding Strategies for Senior Pets


Julie A. Churchill

Julie A. Churchill DVM, PhD, DACVN, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Julie Churchill received her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Michigan State University, and then completed a small-animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. Following this, she completed com­bined residencies and a doctorate degree in small-animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at the University of Minnesota. In the final years of her graduate work, Dr. Churchill developed a small-animal clinical nutrition service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center that became financially self-sustaining within five years. She continued at the University of Minnesota in a newly created faculty position. Dr. Churchill is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition. At the University of Minnesota, she currently is associate medical director for Specialty, Primary and Urgent Care Services, associate clinical professor and director of the Nutrition Service at the Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Churchill is passionate about all aspects of small-animal clinical nu­trition and works to improve client communication to suc­cessfully integrate nutrition into the care of every patient. Among her contributions, she served on the task force to develop the American Animal Hospital Association guide­lines for weight management, and she currently serves on the board of the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) as president elect, as well as the educational tools committee of PNA, which is working to develop a “Go To” website for credible nutritional information for veterinary practice teams and consumers. Dr. Churchill also is a member of the board of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.