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Careers in Animal Nutrition Industry and Pharma Summary of Discussion Dr. Bob Clement, DVM, Veterinary Communications, Medi-Cal Royal Canin Veterinary Diet First we discussed Dr. Clement’s decision to switch to companion animal practice after working a year in mixed. Dr. Clement had had many jobs before going back to school to get his DVM degree. He worked overseas, taught elementary school and farmed. When he entered OVC it was with a view towards working in large animal medicine due to his previous experience in farming. However, the mixed practice that he was working in for the first year was very small and required a lot of on call hours, which was interfering with his home life. As a result he moved to the Glen Erin Animal Hospital, a companion animal practice in Mississauga, because of the lifestyle it offered. In 1999, Dr. Clement was hired by Medi-Cal as a technical sales representative, which involved him travelling to vet clinics all over Ontario. He had been looking into buying or opening a practice and was having issues finding one that would work for him. It was at this point that he mentioned to someone who worked at Medi-Cal that he needed a change, and asked him to let him know if there were any openings at the company. It turned out there was an opening at the company, which he was hired to fill. When he began working at Medi-Cal it was owned by Heinz, then in 2004 it was bought by Royal Canin. At this time Dr. Clement became the regional sales manager, which meant he was in charge of all the sales representatives in Ontario. Dr. Clement now works for the Veterianry Communications Group in the company. His responsibilities include travelling across the country and giving presentations to clinics and evening seminars to veterinarians. Medi-Cal has manufacturing plants in 91 countries, with the newest one being just outside Guelph. It opened in 2008 and manufactures dry pet food. Medi-Cal is currently working on an expansion of the plant which will double its manufacturing capacity, and will also include a 100 seat continuing education center. The new plant is state of the art. In order to prevent an incident like the melamine/cyanuric acid one a few years ago the plant analyzes samples off the truck of all the ingredients that arrive at the plant using infrared spectrometry. This creates a fingerprint of the ingredient, which is compared to an internal database. If the ingredient doesn’t match the database it means there is something wrong with it and it is turned away from the plant. All of the air that leaves the plant is cleaned in order to remove any odour. The cleaning process involves passing the air over trays of bacteria that feed on odour. The plant is also committed to meeting ISO 14001 standards which are standards for environmental control. The bags of dry food are vacuum sealed, and prior to sealing nitrogen gas is forced into the bags. This pushes out all the oxygen preventing oxidation of the food, which means that when the bag is opened it is as fresh as the day it was made. The plant produces all its own nitrogen so it doesn’t have to be trucked in, helping to reduce its carbon footprint. Any kibble waste produced by the plant is eliminated by anaerobic digestion or composting. Dr. Clement was then asked what he missed most about private practice. He said the biggest thing that he misses is seeing a case through from start to finish and the relationship you build with a client. However, in his current position he is called on to be a consult on a lot of cases. The main frustration Dr. Clement has with his job now is that a lot of record keeping and preparation go into giving a presentation at a clinic, and some people don’t realize this.
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