Nutrition is a key in keeping companion animals healthy

close-up of Adronie Verbrugghe holding a cat

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) promotes discovery and innovation by funding exceptional Canadian post-secondary research.  Ontario Veterinary College clinical studies professor Andronie Vergrugghe is a recent recipient of an NSERC Discovery Grant.  She was recognized for her creative and innovative long-term research on companion animal nutrition.  Vergrugghe’s specific interest is feline nutrition.  In her most recent work, she investigates ways to stimulate cats’ metabolisms to help them burn fat and also scrutinizes the link between obesity and the gut microbiome.  Vergrugghe is building a nutritional science program at the college to ensure cats and dogs receive the best nutritional care possible.