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Mateen Ahmad

Position/Title: M.Sc. Candidate

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1- MSc Animal Nutrition Department of Animal Biosciences, UOG (2022-2023)

2- GDip Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Food Science Department, UOG (2017-2018)

3- DVM University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Pakistan (2011-2016)

Work Experience:

1- Quality Assurance Supervisor, Simmons Pet Food (2022-Current)

2- Quality Assurance Supervisor, LSG Group (2018-2022)

3- Meat Inspector, Tazij Meats (2018)

4- QA Technician, Monaghan Mushrooms (2017)

5- Small Animal Clinician (2016)

Advisor: Dr. Dominique Bureau

About me:

I am a foreign-trained veterinarian, currently working in quality assurance in wet pet-food processing, assuring the BRC program of the processing plant. I have years of experience in food safety and quality assurance. I hold ASQ-CFSQA, SQF, and BRC lead auditing certifications. Working in small animal feed production, I enrolled in M.Sc. (by coursework) program to attain in-depth knowledge of monogastric animal nutrition, particularly companion animals. I am very intrigued to study the maximum inclusion level of different feed ingredients in pet feed formulation, alternative protein sources for the least-cost-method diet, assuring nutritional requirements.

Academic & Research Project:

My research project would focus on companion animals (cats and dogs), suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and if nutritional management can reduce the progression of chronic kidney disease. The prevalence of CKD in adult cats and dogs is significant and the risk increases with the age. The prognosis is guarded, and euthanasia is imminent due to progressive health complications. With few treatment options available, it is prolonged suffering for the animal, but CKD can be controlled with a good nutritional program. Special diets (renal diets) have shown tremendous success in the well-being of CKD animals, but many factors have not been considered to optimize diets in cats and dogs. The success of the low-protein diet is still questionable for CKD animals. CKD animals have progressive proteinuria so amino acid supplementation is a crucial factor to fulfill protein requirements. Contrarily, a high-protein diet is a risk factor for further kidney damage. I will be researching the nutritional parameters such as amino acids, carbohydrates, omega-3 PUFA, salts, and antioxidants to formulate an optimal diet to support renal function and determine the success of the renal diet, and whether it can be reflected to control the progression of the disease. I plan to begin my research in 2023, please check back for further details. It is going to be interesting.