Robert Backus specializes in small animal clinical nutrition with special interests in nutritional aspects of feline diabetes and obesity. Backus is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where he received his veterinary and doctoral training. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and director of the Nestlé Purina Endowed Program in Small Animal Nutrition. When not working, he enjoys playing with his grandsons and sharing anecdotes about his cat, DT, who is now retired from research.
Janelle Corugedo, DVM
Janelle Corugedo is originally from Southern California. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis in 2013. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2017. Dr. Corugedo then completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, San Marcos. Prior to starting her residency in nutrition, Dr. Corugedo worked as an emergency veterinarian at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, San Marcos. Her special interests include nutritional management of skin diseases and critical care patients. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her significant other and two dogs, Finn and Rooney. She also enjoys swimming, photography, and cooking.
Rachel Kurzbard, MS, DVM
Rachel Kurzbard received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a master of science degree in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, and completed a small animal rotating internship at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital the following year. She is excited to be part of the team at the University of Missouri as a small animal clinical nutrition resident. She has a particular interest in weight loss plans for obese pets, as well as nutrition in critical care settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her significant other, jogging, hiking, and anything ocean-related.