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Dr. Oscar Chavez, BVetMed MRCVS MBA leads our Canine Nutrition Team as JustFoodForDogs expands and demand for our diets increases. His current role is Chief Medical Officer at JustFoodForDogs LLC.
Dr. Chavez is a veterinarian and business executive with a progressive career founded upon a solid commitment to pet advocacy, integrity, education, and sound veterinary principles. Dr. Chavez graduated in 2006 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and started his career with Banfield, the world’s largest veterinary practice, where he became Chief of Staff. In 2009, he joined the faculty of the Animal and Veterinary Science department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. There, he was Director of the Animal Health Science veterinary technician program from 2010 – 2013, and remains an adjunct faculty and researcher, and professor of veterinary clinical nutrition. Additionally, he served as a member of the Multidisciplinary Committee and the Registered Veterinary Technician Committee for the California State Veterinary Medical Board. In 2012, Dr. Chavez completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Irvine.
As Director of Canine Clinical Nutrition, he brings not only a deep technical expertise in researching and working exclusively with freshly prepared whole food diets at Cal Poly Pomona, but a true love for dogs that all of us here share. His own Golden Retriever, Rey, was a successful case study for our food. Rey’s kidney disease was successfully managed with our Renal Moderate Protein vet-directed diet, which made Dr. Chavez’s involvement even that much more personal to him.A graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK, Dr. Chavez is a licensed practicing veterinarian who has focused on clinical nutrition since graduating vet school. Dr. Chavez notes, “It all starts with nutrition. You are what you eat, and practically any health issue can be addressed through a higher quality diet. We are in a unique time for veterinary medicine where people are seeking whole food diets using real USDA ingredients over commercial kibble or cans that use feed grade ingredients. I’m excited of the possibilities we have in further increasing the health of our dogs with this trend. Our goal is to raise awareness of these diets and help bring a simple, fast and affordable solution to as many pet parents and their dogs as possible.”
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As the holidays approach, pet owners must be especially vigilant when it comes to our 4-legged family members.
It begins with nutrition.
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Most veterinarians agree that proper diet, regular exercise, checkups, and love go a long way toward keeping your furry family member in tip-top shape.
Portion size is just as important to your dog’s health as what you feed them.
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Our food has gained the trust of many respected board-certified specialists and veterinarians across the country.