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KER Trains New Nutrition AdvisorsBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · September 15, 2014

Three new nutrition advisors are ready to begin answering questions and solving nutrition-related problems for horse owners. Olivia Yates, Catherine Whitehouse, and Chelsea Martin all brought years of equine knowledge to their new duties, but after an intensive training period, they know a lot more about how to apply research-based guidelines to real-life feed management situations. They can also rely upon the company’s Ph.D. equine nutritionists and veterinarians.

Olivia explained that the nutrition advisor program was created by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) to help bridge the gap between equine research and feed manufacturing partners, horse owners, and end users of feeds and supplements.

“Our training for this position covered basic nutrition, solving problems, and really a little bit of everything,” she said. “Now I’ll be visiting clients and farms, working at trade shows, checking in with feed manufacturers, and spending some time with sponsored riders.

“Customer interaction is very important. There are a lot of products on the market, and the choice is confusing to horse owners. I can explain that KER products are backed by research and this affects how they are designed and their method of action in horses.”

The newly minted KER nutrition advisors aren’t finished with their instruction, according to Olivia. “We’ll continue to learn more, with some of our training coming through interactive Internet sessions,” she said. "The intense training was a good start, but learning about equine nutrition is always an ongoing process.” 

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