The AAVN is an international association of veterinarians, animal nutrition scientists, veterinary technicians, industry representatives, and veterinary and animal science students with a common interest in animal nutrition.
- To promote ethical animal research in fields where nutrition may have a relationship to health or disease.
- To provide a means of discussion and exchange of information on matters of common interest as applied to the field of animal nutrition.
- To promote greater interest in and better understanding of current developments in animal nutrition.
- To promote cooperative relationships with those who share the responsibility of maintaining optimal animal health through nutrition.
The AAVN was the very first of the allied organizations of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It was founded in 1956 by Dr. Morris Erdheim, a veterinarian working for industry, who recognized the need for a forum for collegial discussion amongst industrial nutritionists, academic nutritionists, and veterinarians. Dr. Erdheim donated the archival records of the AAVN (originally named the American Association of Veterinary Nutritionists) to the Flower/Sprecher Library of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University where they are available for anyone to peruse.
Additional information on the history of the AAVN can be found in an article by Bauer, J.E. and Kallfelz, F.A. in the Compendium of Continuing Education published in January 2000.