Gary Davenport, PhD


Companion animal technical manager


ADM Animal Nutrition

Presentation Description:

Ancient grains: what’s old is new again – Gary Davenport, Ph.D., companion animal technical manager with ADM Animal Nutrition, focuses on the nutritional and functional characteristics of select ancient grains and their use in pet food formulations. The marketing of grain-free pet food products has led to increased use of alternative ingredients in pet foods as replacements for traditional ingredients negatively perceived by consumers. Unfortunately, there is little published knowledge about these alternative ingredients and how they are best used. Research data will be presented on the unique differences in the nutritional and functional characteristics of selected ancient grains used in pet food formulations.


Davenport is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, receiving his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences, master’s degree in animal nutrition and doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. Davenport has more than 35 years of animal nutrition experience, with 25 years specifically devoted to companion animal nutrition. He was a tenured faculty member at Auburn University in the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department, and a research nutritionist at The IAMS Company. His research interests have focused on protein nutrition, skin and coat health, sporting dog nutrition, nutrigenomics and successful aging. Davenport has developed instructional materials and demonstrations to educate customers, enthusiasts and pet owners on nutritional philosophies affecting the health and wellness of dogs and cats. Davenport is currently the companion animal technical manager for Archer Daniels Midland Company. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical support, nutrition training, formulation services and new product introductions for the companion animal industry.