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WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition

In Leicestershire, England, we have a fundamental petcare research center, the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading scientific authorities in the field of pet nutrition and wellbeing.

Our researchers work across multiple disciplines that are linked to pet nutrition and health. Such disciplines include nutrient requirements for different pet life stages and lifestyles, gastrointestinal health, energy requirements, immune function, skin and coat condition, oral health, feeding behaviour, and clinical nutrition.

Guided by Mars’ Principle of Mutuality, WALTHAM scientists share their leading research with the scientific community to help make A Better World for Pets™ around the world. Since our first scientific publication more than 50 years ago, we have communicated our expertise through more than 1,700 publications, including more than 600 peer-reviewed journal articles. WALTHAM has pioneered many important breakthroughs in pet nutrition. Best of all, in collaboration with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, it provides the science and expertise for the Mars Petcare brands you love, including PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, MY DOG®, NUTRO®, DINE®, DREAMIES™.


WALTHAM science and publications in the area of human-animal interaction have been particularly instrumental in helping to understand the special relationship between pets and people. 

Our work in this field goes back 40 years. WALTHAM scientists work in partnership with scientific institutions and experts to conduct research that enhances our knowledge of human health and psychological benefits of pet ownership, the role of pets in child development, the effects of therapeutic programs that include pets, as well as in the areas of pet health, wellbeing and behaviour. 

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The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on nutrition and wellbeing for pets

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