Meh, they didn't even mention brand name foods in our nutrition course aside from u/d and s/d in the urinary stones section. But they didn't say "yah just give them u/d and that's how you treat bladder stones!" as people seem to think. We went over how you'd treat the obstruction, what to feed in terms of protein, COH, fats, whatever to prevent the condition or treat the condition, anddd then moved onto the next organ system.
Also yah we get a few meetings every semester sponsored by Iams, Purina, etc. but no one really pays much attention to what they say, as we're just studying or reading notes during the meetings (and eating free food, of course). Also they generally just talk about a medical condition. Very few even mention specific products. We know what company they represent, but they don't push anything. The exception to this is the pharmaceutical companies. They'll do a talk about a condition then say something along the lines of "and this is how X product ranks in treating fleas/ticks/heartworms/OEOHFPPEs" and show pretty graphs and what not. But then we get out of the meeting, wind up in pharmacology or physiology or whatever our next class is, and they tell us to take it with a grain of salt.
Our classes are definitely not geared towards brand names. For instance, in pharmacology they rarely mention brand names unless it's the only brand that uses that drug. I couldn't even tell you the brand names of the majority of the drugs we learned unless it was one I knew already going in (IE ivermectin - heartguard, fipronil - frontline, amoxicillin - clavamox, etc.)
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.
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