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Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic


A complete and balanced diet is one of the fundamental keys to optimizing health and longevity in companion animals. The CTVRC Nutrition Department is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing quality of life through a tailored dietary program for our patients.

Introducing: CTVRC’s Veterinary Nutrition Department

led by

Dr. Moran Tal-Gavriel, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Veterinary Nutrition Department, spearheaded by Dr. Moran Tal-Gavriel, a board-certified specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition. With her extensive training, research background, and passion for animal health, Dr. Tal-Gavriel is dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive nutritional care for patients.

Why Choose CTVRC's Veterinary Nutrition Department?

  1. Expertise: Dr. Tal-Gavriel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in clinical nutrition, enabling her to address a wide range of nutritional needs and concerns for both healthy and sick animals.

  2. Personalized Nutrition Plans: Recognizing that each patient is unique, Dr. Tal-Gavriel tailors her nutrition plans to meet their individual needs, preferences, and health conditions.

  3. Holistic Approach: Dr. Tal-Gavriel takes a holistic approach to companion health, considering not only medical and nutritional needs but also lifestyle, activity level, and overall well-being to create a comprehensive care plan.

  4. Education and Support: Committed to empowering clients and veterinary professionals, Dr. Tal-Gavriel provides valuable education and support to help make informed decisions about companion nutrition.

Nutritional Consultations Offered

  • Comprehensive assessments and personalized nutrition plans for cats and dogs of all ages and health conditions (inclusive of complex/multiple health conditions).

  • Commercial Diet Plan: Expert recommendations on selecting the most appropriate commercial diet/s for the patient's specific needs.

  • Weight Management Program: Customized weight loss plans, per assessed body condition, and when needed, individually-measured body fat index, using commercial diets only. Note: Due to concern for nutritional deficiencies and reduced satiety, this service is not available for homemade diets.

  • Formulated Homemade Diet: Customized recipes and guidelines for preparing balanced home-made diets tailored to the patient's medical, lifestyle and nutritional needs.

We tailor our approach to each patient's unique needs, avoiding one-size-fits-all or generic recipes. Instead, we craft recipes tailored to the patient's distinct nutritional and medical requirements, while also considering individual dietary preferences or specific requests when feasible.

To achieve this, we meticulously examine the patient's medical and dietary history, and recent diagnostic results. Dr. Tal-Gavriel will use her extensive knowledge to balance the diet, while using mandatory supplements, in order to ensure the diet is complete and balanced for the patient’s individual needs.

  • Balance an Existing Homemade Diet: Assessment and adjustment of the patient's current homemade diet based on the provided recipe to ensure nutritional balance.

  • Elimination Diet Trial: Design and guidance for novel protein-source elimination diet trials, using either commercial or homemade diets.

  • Diet or Supplement Assessment: Evaluation of the patient's current diet or supplement regimen to identify areas for improvement or optimization.

  • Enteral Tube Feeding Plan: Customized plans and support for enteral tube feeding (E-tube, PEG tube, G-tube) to ensure proper nutrition and care for patients requiring tube feeding.


Prior to scheduling a nutritional consultation with CTVRC’s Veterinary Nutrition Department, we kindly ask that referring veterinarians and clients review and fill out the following documents to help us better understand the patient's current health status and nutritional needs:

Please review

Please complete

For referring veterinarians:

Nutrition Referral Questionnaire

For clients:

Nutrition Patient Form & Questionnaire

By completing these documents prior to the scheduled consultation, you will provide Dr. Tal-Gavriel with vital information that will enable her to create a tailored nutrition plan.

Things to Know

We welcome all patients who could benefit from a nutrition consultation and care, whether they are actively ill and needing support via dietary means or are currently healthy and their family or routine-care veterinarian is seeking to help them live their best life!

We invite you to schedule a nutritional consultation or contact us to learn more about our services.

Together, we can work towards optimizing patients’ health and enhancing their quality of life through expert nutritional care.