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Do We Have Enough Information about Nutrition in Pet Birds?

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The late Melanie, a Moluccan cockatoo who served as the unofficial mascot of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, enjoyed healthy snacks while "on duty" in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Service.

February 23, 2012

The faculty of the Department of Molecular Biosciences cordially invites all interested members of the UC Davis campus community and other members of the public to the James G. Morris Lectureship in Companion Animal Nutrition.

This year's event takes place Monday, March 5, 2012, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in 1010 Gladys Valley Hall on the UC Davis campus. 

Professor Josef Kamphues, Head, Institute for Animal Nutrition at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation, Germany, will present, “Do we have the basic data for factorial derivation of the energy and nutrient requirements of pet birds?”

Born in Westfalia, Germany, Kamphues holds degrees in agriculture (animal production), veterinary medicine and animal nutrition. His extensive research includes studies of disorders in pigs due to feeds and feeding; contamination of feeds and its effects on food quality; and the feeding of pet birds and small rodents.

This free event is sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the academic home for all nutritional, physiological chemistry, pharmacologic and toxicologic programs of the School of Veterinary Medicine. The department also has responsibility for the Clinical Nutrition Program, including the Nutrition Support Service based at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

James G. Morris, professor emeritus, published his first paper relating to cats in 1977. About 150 papers on feline nutrition followed, and included work on at least 40 nutrients at various life stages in the domestic cat. The lectureship honors his contributions of teaching, research and service in the School of Veterinary Medicine and to nutritionists throughout the world.


For directions and/or more information, please contact Rachel Pinto, 530-752-1059, rlpinto@ucdavis.edu.