Adronie Verbrugghe

Adronie Verbrugghe


Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition


Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Roundtable discussion:

Open science: The state and future of pet food industry research

Presentation description:

Collaborating to support the pet food industry: The need for transparent discourse and a path forward — Anna Kate Shoveller, Ph.D., Champion Petfoods chair in canine and feline nutrition, physiology and metabolism, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Guelph; Daniel Schulof, author, “Dogs, Dog Food, and Dogma”; and Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, Ph.D., EBVS specialist in veterinary and comparative nutrition, Royal Canin Veterinary Diets endowed chair in canine and feline clinical nutrition, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, present a call to action for open discourse in the pet food industry and an honest scientific debate with the sole desire to understand complex problems and paths to multiple solutions. Learn about how to support this effort with industry-government-academic collaboration.


Verbrugghe graduated as a companion animal veterinarian (DVM) from Ghent University, completing her Ph.D. focusing on nutritional modulation of carbohydrate metabolism in cats. Verbrugghe joined the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, as Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition. She also provides clinical service for the OVC Health Science Centre Clinical Nutrition Service. In 2019, she was awarded a Research Excellence Award from the University of Guelph. Her research program currently includes companion animal nutrition, the link between nutrition, gut microbiota, health and disease, alteration of metabolic pathways through nutrition and nutritional modulation of inflammation and immunity. Verbrugghe has authored and co-authored 60 peer-reviewed publications, is a reviewer for various scientific journal and sits on institutional committees and external scientific advisory boards.