Dr. Julie Churchill received her B.S and DVM from Michigan State University. She completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. She then completed combined residencies and her PhD program in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at University of Minnesota. Her PhD research was a long-term study of canine renal aging in geriatrics. In the final years of her graduate work, Dr. Churchill developed a small animal clinical nutrition service at the UMN Veterinary Medical Center and remained in a newly created faculty position at the Univ. of Minnesota. Within 5 years of creating the nutrition service she developed a model to make it the first financially self-sustaining nutrition service in an academic institution.
Dr. Churchill is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN). She is currently the Associate Medical Director for Specialty, Primary and Urgent Care Services, a professor and director of the Nutrition Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Churchill serves as course coordinator and primary instructor for all small animal nutrition courses throughout all 4 years of the DVM curriculum. She has served multiple terms as a member and chair of the Collegiate Curriculum Committee, and she serves on the education committee for ACVN.
Dr. Churchill is passionate about all aspects of small animal clinical nutrition including the role of nutrition in maintaining wellness and preventive care, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutrition needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition. She is also interested in teaching and improving client communication to successfully integrate nutrition into the care of every patient. She served on the task force to develop the AAHA guidelines for weight management. She serves on the executive board of the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) and on the educational tools committee of PNA, working to develop a” Go-to” website for credible nutritional information for veterinary practice teams and consumers. Dr. Churchill also serves on the Board of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and is a coauthor and advocate for a global pet obesity initiative, which has been endorsed by 23 veterinary professional organizations.