Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition

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Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition
Abbreviation WALTHAM®,
Motto A better world for pets
Formation 1961
Type Research institute
Legal status Private company
Purpose Scientific research into pet nutrition
Location
  • Freeby Lane, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, LE14 4RT
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
Pet nutritionists, veterinarians
Parent organization
Mars Petcare
Affiliations International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, International Veterinary Information Service
Website Waltham

The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition is a research organisation owned by Mars, Incorporated located at Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Waltham conducts scientific research into pet care and nutrition, and works with a number of animal breeds including dogs, cats, birds, fish and horses.

History[edit]

The Pet Food subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated (Mars Petcare) began research into pet nutrition in the early 1950s, formally founding a Nutrition Research Unit in 1965.[1] Originally the institute was housed at a nearby location but was moved to an old stud farm at Waltham-on-the-Wolds in 1973.[2]

Since 2001, a non-charitable organisation called the Waltham Foundation has funded a number of humane scientific research projects dedicated to furthering the health and nutrition of companion animals.[3]

Research[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Waltham originally published the magazine Waltham Focus four times a year. This has since been renamed as Veterinary Focus and is distributed in more than fifty countries and is published in several languages.[6]
  • The Waltham Book of Companion Animal Nutrition, 15 July 1993, Butterworth–Heinemann, 136pp, ISBN 0-08-040843-5
  • The Waltham Book of Human Animal Interaction, 30 September 1995,Butterworth–Heinemann , 148pp, ISBN 0-08-042284-5 HC 0-08-042285-3 PB
  • Waltham pocket book of essential nutrition for cats and dogs. 2nd edition, 2012
  • Waltham pocket book of human animal interactions, 2012
  • Waltham pocket book of puppy nutrition and care, 2012
  • Waltham pocket book of healthy weight maintenance for cats and dogs, 2010

Structure[edit]

Waltham houses and cares for around 150 dogs, 230 cats and 250 birds. Many of the companion animals involved with the organisation are adopted after a period of time. The UK headquarters of Mars was built next to the Centre in 1981.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WALTHAM Heritage Awards". 
  2. ^ "Mars UK History". 
  3. ^ "About the Waltham Foundation". 
  4. ^ "Why cats don't go for sweet foods". BBC News. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Skernivitz, Stephanie (Aug 1, 2011). "Just Add Water". DVM Newsmagazine. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Veterinary Focus". ivis.org. International Veterinary Information Service. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • The Times, 1 November 1997, page 16
  • The Independent, 10 June 2001, page 20

External links[edit]