Champion Petfoods has announced a five-year collaboration with the University of Guelph, Ontario, one of the world’s leading institutions in the veterinary field.
The brand said it has issued a five-year grant to advance the study of pet food nutrition and train the next generation of “scientific leaders” in the pet food industry.
In addition, the pet retailer also said the grant provides opportunity for training students in preparation for roles in the pet industry.
As part of the grant, Champions’ has said the university is set to name Dr. Anna Shoveller, an associate professor in the university’s department of animal biosciences, as the new Champion chair in canine and feline nutrition.
Blaine McPeak, Champion Petfoods CEO, said: “Our collaboration with the University of Guelph and Dr. Shoveller will help ensure that one of the world’s leading research teams has the resources to advance this vital work for the betterment of pets everywhere.”
Dr. Shoveller added: “Diet is part of a complex environment that helps determine a pet’s well-being, and the research we can pursue with Champion’s support will help us learn more about nutrition and the ways it interacts with other factors. My colleagues and I are grateful for this partnership and eager to begin the new avenues of work it makes possible.”