Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN

Professor, Nutrition, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Julie Chruchill


Office Address

A301 VMC
1352 Boyd Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


DVM, Michigan State University

PhD, University of Minnesota

Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota

Residency in Clinical Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia

BS, Michigan State University

Licensures and Certifications

Diplomate ACVN

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Veterinary nutrition

Awards & recognition

  • Outstanding Faculty and Professional Administrative Staff Award, 2011
  • Top 10 Veterinary Nutrition Professors, 2014 (Veterinary Technician Colleges recognition)

Professional associations

American College of Veterinary Nutrition, Diplomate


Research summary/interests

  • Nutritional management of renal diseases
  • Nutrition needs of geriatric patients
  • Obesity management
  • Nutrition in the role of maintaining wellness
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Communication in Veterinary Medicine

Research funding grants

  • The Incorporation of Companion Animals in Senior Long Term Care Environment: An Educational Workshop Series.CENSHARE
  • Impact on Feline Health of Raw Food versus Commercial Diets Ralston Purina


  • JA Churchill, CA Osborne, DJ Polzin et al. Diet and time associated changes in renal structure and function of geriatric uninephrectomized female dogs. In preparation
  • JA Churchill, DJ Polzin, CA Osborne, et al. Influence of moderate protein and fat restriction on morbidity and morality in geriatric uninephrectomized female dogs. In preparation
  • R.E. Novo, J.A. Churchill, L. Faudskar and A.J. Lipowitz. Limited approach to right flank for placement of duodenostomy tube. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2001;37:193-199.
  • J.A. Churchill PhD Thesis Univ. of MN June 2001. The influence of dietary protein, lipid, phosphorus and sodium on renal structure and function in geriatric dogs.
  • Churchill J., Feeney D., Fletcher T., Osborne C., Polzin D. Effects of diet and aging on renal measurments in uninephrectomized geriatric bitches. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 1999;40:2 p233-240.
  • Churchill J., Feeney D., Fletcher T., Osborne C., Polzin D. Age and diet effects on relative renal echogenicity in uninephrectomized geriatric bitches. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 1999;40:6 p642-647.
  • Polzin D., Osborne C., Bartges J, James K., Churchill J., Chronic renal Failure. In Ettinger. and Feldman E (ed), Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine 4th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 1734-1759.
  • Crowe D., Devey J., Palmer D., Churchill J., The use of polymeric liquid enteral diets for nutritional support in seriously ill or injured small animals: clinical results in 200 patients. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 1997; 33:6 , 500-508
  • Churchill J. Polzin D., Osborne C., Adams L., The influence of dietary protein intake on progression of chronic renal failure in dogs. Seminars in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Aug. 1992, 244-250.
  • For a listing of recent publications, see also PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.


Teaching areas

  • Clinical veterinary nutrition for primary care veterinarians and technicians
  • Professional communication


  • CVM 6000 - GOALe (Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience), course coordinator
  • CVM 6137 - Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Rotation, course coordinator
  • CVM 6902 - Veterinary Biochemistry
  • CVM 6914 - Preventive Medicine
  • CVM 6956 - Small Animal Selective I, course coordinator




Clinical interests

  • Weight loss management and obesity prevention
  • Critical care nutrition
  • Nutritional needs of geriatrics
  • Role of nutrition in integrative medicine