Contact us to schedule an appointment or to discuss any questions you may have regarding our pet nutritional consultation services!
Once you book your appointment...
Please work with your current veterinarian to complete our Nutrition Consultation Form
Nutrition consultations are commonly sought to treat:
- Multiple concurrent medical conditions
- Balancing homemade diet recipes
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic enteropathies, and esophageal disorders
- Renal disease
- Liver disease
- Food allergies
Proper Nutrition Can Also Improve:
- Digestion and elimination
- Immunity and disease prevention
- Muscle tone and body condition
- Skin and hair coat health
Meet Our Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist
Dr. Lauren Foster, DVM, DACVN, CCRP
Dr. Foster received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Mississippi State University in 2006. Afterward, she moved to the east coast, where she practiced general small animal medicine and surgery for seven years in Maryland and New York before pursuing a small animal nutrition residency at the University of Missouri in 2013. She completed her residency in 2015 and began a post-doctoral research fellowship, awarded through the Morris Animal Foundation and Blue Buffalo Cancer Foundation. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2017, and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) in 2019. Dr. Foster joins Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital after spending a year and a half as an assistant teaching professor in small animal nutrition at the University of Missouri. She is excited to return to private practice and advance the specialties of nutrition and rehabilitation in the private sector. Lauren has a very soft spot for cats and shares her home with her husband and his cat, Jade. In her free time, Lauren loves traveling, cooking, reading, and being active outdoors.
WHAT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY NUTRITIONIST®?
Dr. Foster is a board certified veterinary nutritionist®. This means she is specifically trained in the nutritional management of both healthy animals and those with one or more diseases. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN®). The ACVN is the AVMA-recognized specialty organization for nutrition. After receiving a veterinary medical degree, ACVN diplomates must complete at least 1 year of internship or clinical experience followed by at least 2 years of residency training. Residency training involves intensive clinical, teaching, and research activities under the mentorship of at least one board certified veterinary nutritionist®. Residents must prepare written case reports and publish a peer-reviewed scientific article. They are also required to pass a two-day written examination.
Services Provided, include:
- In-person nutrition consultations at Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center or remote consultations provided through your primary veterinarian for your dog or cat.
- Therapeutic commercial diet recommendations for the nutritional management of medical condition(s).
- Homemade diet formulations for the nutritional management of medical conditions where a commercial diet is not available or not accepted by the pet.
- Balancing of homemade diet recipes for owners who choose to home cook.
- Critical care and assisted feeding (tube feeding) plans.
- Phone consultations for clients with questions regarding feeding their healthy pets (fee applies).
For pet owners
Dr. Foster is available for nutrition consultations for your pet either in-person at Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center or remotely through your primary veterinarian. If you would like to schedule an in-person appointment, please call Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center. Prior to your appointment, you will need to complete the Nutrition Consultation Form above. Additionally, Dr. Foster requires all pertinent medical records for your pet to be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are requesting a remote consultation, please complete the consultation form and request your veterinarian to send all pertinent medical records to Dr. Foster at email@example.com.
For referring veterinarians
Please call or email Dr. Foster if you have any questions regarding the nutritional management of your patients. If the patient or client requires a formal nutrition plan, please direct your client to complete the consultation form above. They may need your help in answering some of the questions. You may email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (512-870-9374) the patient’s pertinent medical records to Dr. Foster. Consultation fees vary depending on the request. Please contact us for further billing information.