Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

Veterinarian and Nutritionist

Education & Training

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)

Activities & 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

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD

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

Homemade Dog Food: Is It Healthy to Cook for Your Dog?

Homemade Dog Food: Is It Healthy to Cook for Your Dog?

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD
Jun 30, 2020
What You Need to Know About Raw Food Diets for Dogs

What You Need to Know About Raw Food Diets for Dogs

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD
Jun 30, 2020
Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD
May 27, 2020