No help for the OP ( sorry Zsofia - I’m way too lazy to go the raw route ). But a bump for a hijack…
It seems a common meme on internet message boards devoted to cat nutrition that most vets are utterly ignorant on proper cat nutrition. The claim is often made that most veterinary students get minimal nutrition training and often it is not done by vet staff, but rather by reps such as people from Hill’s who have an agenda to push. The common refrain ( not universal, but it always pops up ), is that frankly it is often not even worth discussing nutrition with most vets. Anecdotally I have to admit that my own ( seemingly decent ) vet made Scooby-Doo-like querolous “hruh?” noises when I tried to go discuss current internet arguments over wet vs. dry foods, grain fillers, etc.
Now these folks can come off as slightly fanatical. In these same internets groups the consensus is commonly one that considers stuff like Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin to be only one step up from swill because of the grain fillers ( esp. corn ) and lower quality ( and quantities ) of meat used. So ultra-premium “grain free” brands like Wellness, Natural Balance and Innova tend to be vastly preferred and even prescription food is sometimes poo-poo’ed as being suited for temporary intervention purposes only, but not fit for everyday maintanence diets. And the “wet food only” advocates like this vet are highly respected.
As a current student what’s your opinion on the state of nutrition training in veterinary schools? Any opinion on any of the above?
Fact is I get frustrated at the seeming lack of academic consensus on issues like the above. They disrupt my sense of orderly balance ;). I tend to end up splitting the middle a lot of the time, since I can’t seem to get a really solid answer on the best ( semi-convenient ) way to go. So I current feed 50% dry/wet, with dry Royal Canin Urinary SO ( one struvite-prone cat ) and various varieties of non-prescription ultra-premium wet food. But the all wet-only folks would say that prescription dry food for a crystal-prone cat is nonsense, you need all wet. The ultra-premium folks would say Royal Canin is full of crappy corn fillers and is a lousy maintenance food. The vets say go all prescription diet ( effectively only Hill’s or Royal Canin ), but some dry is good for the teeth. etc. etc.
All fascinating to me in theory, but frustrating in practice.
ETA: Jeez, what a long hijack. Sorry again, Zsofia :).