DVM, PhD, Diplomate DACVN
Dr. Julie Churchill received her B.S and DVM from Michigan State University. She completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery University of Georgia. She then completed combined residencies and her PhD program in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at University of Minnesota. Her PhD research was in the area of renal aging in geriatrics. In the final years of her graduate work, Dr. Churchill developed a small animal clinical nutrition service at the UMN Veterinary Medical Center and remained in newly created faculty position at the Univ. of Minnesota. Within 5 years of creating the nutrition service she developed a model to make it financially self-sustaining.
Dr. Churchill is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN). She is currently the Associate Medical Director for Specialty, Primary and Urgent Care Services, an Associate Professor, and director and of the Nutrition Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Churchill is passionate about all aspects of small animal clinical nutrition including the role of nutrition in maintaining wellness and preventive care, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutrition needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition. She is also interested in teaching and improving client communication to successfully integrate nutrition into the care of every patient. She served on the task force to develop the AAHA guidelines for weight management. She serves as president-elect of the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and on the educational tools committee of PNA working to develop a” Go-to” website for credible nutritional information for veterinary practice teams and consumers. Dr. Churchill also serves on the Board of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.