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Andrea Fascetti Honored with 2016 Winn Feline Award


August 3, 2016


Dr. Andrea Fascetti, a professor of nutrition in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the American Veterinary Medical Foundation/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award. Established in 2009, the award honors a candidate's contribution to advancing feline health through their research.  

Fascetti holds a special interest in the nutrition and metabolic requirements of carnivores, especially cats. Much of her work concentrates on the unique protein, amino acid, fiber, trace mineral, and vitamin requirements of cats for improved animal health, and her expertise has been sought by many pet food companies throughout the world. She is valued by feline nutrition and health research groups internationally for her passion, dedication and contributions, including those as service chief of the Nutrition Support Services at the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Her creative and scholarly activities have considerably impacted the advancement of veterinary nutrition and the success of her department and school.

Prior to obtaining her PhD in nutrition from UC Davis, Fascetti received her Veterinary Medical Doctorate (VMD) from University of Pennsylvania. She is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 

“Her infectious enthusiasm is able to bring scientists from basic and clinical sciences together, a key attribute for successful transdisciplinary research,” said Birgit Puschner, chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “She is a dedicated ambassador for improving feline health through carefully designed research.”