Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

Veterinarian and Nutritionist
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Educations & Trainings

Practical Zoo Nutrition Management, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation – 2018

Doctor of Philosophy
Aquatic Animal Health Program and Small Animal Clinical Sciences
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL (2011-2016)
Research topic: Investigating the role nutrition plays in ammonium urate kidney stone development in managed bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus
Small Animal Rotating Internship (Nutrition)

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC (2009-2010)
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC (2005-2009)
Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Medical Technology; Chemistry minor
Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA (1998-2002)

Activity & Honors

Excellence in Doctoral Work, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (2016)

Student Travel Award, International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine (2015)

Veterinary Graduate Student Association “Best in Show” Award, University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine (2015)

Graduate Student Research Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal
Clinical Sciences (2015)

Wildlife, Avian, Aquatic, and Zoo Medicine Award for Clinical Competence in Zoological Medicine:
Herptile Medicine, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2009)

Professional Memberships

Nutrition Advisory Group

Comparative Nutrition Society

American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

American Veterinary Medical Association

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Amanda Ardente

Dr. Amanda Ardente founded Ardente Veterinary Nutrition LLC in August 2017, based on a long-term goal of combining her passion for nutrition with zoo and aquatic veterinary medicine. As a veterinarian with advanced training in animal nutrition and research, she understands that nutrition plays a critical role in the prevention and treatment of disease and seeks to address clinically-relevant nutrition concerns for all species. In her work, Dr. Ardente is inquisitive, energetic, dedicated, efficient and organized. She is active in the veterinary nutrition and zoo/aquatic communities and has established excellent rapport and collaborations with colleagues in those fields.

Dr. Ardente realized her strong interest in nutrition while attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and stayed at NCSU the following year to complete a nutrition-focused companion animal internship. During this internship, she managed the diets of canine and feline patients of the NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and worked closely with the North Carolina Zoo to study chimpanzee nutrition.

Dr. Ardente subsequently pursued a PhD in animal nutrition at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine. She investigated the role of nutrition in kidney stone development in bottlenose dolphins under human care, and she successfully defended her work and finished her PhD in 2016. Dr. Ardente then went on to complete a post-doctoral associate position with UF and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Animal Nutrition Center. In this role, she gained experience managing the nutrition of all animals, from insects, to sheep and goats, to birds and reptiles, to stingrays and eels, to elephants and giraffe.

In her personal life, Dr. Ardente likes to stay busy. She is mom of two and enjoys spending time with her kids, husband, and German Shorthaired Pointer Fancy. They take advantage of the warm FL weather and do many outdoor activities, like running, kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking. She also likes to stay involved in her local community by volunteering for a local veterinary clinic that serves veterans and low-income and homeless pet owners.

Recent Articles

What You Need to Know About Raw Food Diets for Dogs
You may be considering a raw food diet for your dog for a variety of reasons. Some people want their dog’s food to more closely resemble what their wild ancestors would have eaten (the idea of biologically appropriate raw food). Some believe their dog’s overall health, and especially their haircoat, would benefit from a raw food diet. Some pet parents feel that raw is better because the...
Obesity in Cats
Obesity in Cats
What Is Obesity in Cats? A cat is considered overweight when it weighs 10-20% more than its ideal body weight, and obese when excess fat is more than 20% above its ideal body weight. Feline obesity is a very common disease, occurring in up to 63% of cats in developed countries.  Being overweight poses significant health risks to your pet, which can include a weakened immune system, endocrine and...
Gas in Cats
Gas in Cats
What Is Gas in Cats? Gas, or flatulence, in cats is not very common. As a result, if your cat starts passing gas or does so more frequently, with or without odor, there may be an underlying gastrointestinal (GI) issue that needs to be discussed with your veterinarian. Causes of Gas in CatsFlatulence in cats can be caused by a variety of conditions, ranging from something...
Pet Food Ingredient and Label Guide
Pet Food Ingredient and Label Guide
Choosing the right food for your pet can be a big decision, and one that weighs heavy on the minds of many pet owners. There are so many options out there—dry, canned, freeze-dried, raw, “all-natural,” grain-free, etc.—and even more information and opinions to support or refute these various options. And then you need to decipher the list of cat food or dog food ingredients in each...
Can Dogs Have Nuts?
Can Dogs Have Nuts?
Can dogs eat nuts? They might seem like a perfectly sized, tasty treat option for your dog, but are nuts safe? Here’s some insight on whether you can give nuts to dogs and the risks that you should be aware of. Can Dogs Have Nuts? Are They Safe?Many of the nuts we have in our pantries are technically safe for dogs, but there are a few types of nuts that are toxic to dogs, and any nuts that have...
Homemade Dog Food: Is It Healthy to Cook for Your Dog?
Feeding your dog a meal that looks similar to what you have for dinner might be an appealing alternative to offering commercial dog foods. However, it’s vital to your dog’s health to remember that the nutritional needs of a canine are different than your own. That means you can’t just cook your dog something that’s considered healthy for humans to eat. The decision to cook homemade dog...