Juan Gomez-Basauri, Ph.D.
Global director of the companion animal business
The microbiome and its importance to pet nutrition and health
Feeding trillions of bacteria: Bridging the gap between nutrition, the microbiome and pet well-being — Gomez-Basauri discusses the impact that digestive health and the microbiome have on well-being as measured by health status, particularly as companion animals age. Based on studies in humans, animal and canine models, the adage “you are what you eat” may soon be changed to “you are what your microbiome eats.” Can you imagine feeding trillions of bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract with one single dose of food? What kind of microorganisms we need to feed? What is the impact that feeding these microorganisms has on pets’ health? This presentation will address these questions and provide recent data in the critical role that feeding the microbiome has in the growth and ultimately the quality of life and well-being of our companion animals.
Gomez-Basauri received bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering from Universidad Federico Villareal in Lima, Peru; a master’s degree in food science from Leeds University, Leeds, England; and a Ph.D. in food science from Cornell University. He held a post-doctoral position at Cornell University before joining Ralston Purina International as director for research and technology with additional responsibilities in formulation, nutrition, quality assurance, technical support, product development and supply chain management. Gomez works for Alltech where he has been responsible for several business units and technical roles for key Alltech technologies and brands. He is currently responsible for Alltech’s Companion Animal Business, food ingredients and human health technologies. Gomez is the past chair of the AFIA Nutrition Committee, a member of the American Dairy Science Association, the Institute of Food Technology, the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.