Thanks to Flore Viallard, animal nutrition consultant, animals eat better

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Thanks to Flore Viallard, animal nutrition consultant, animals eat better

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Just like humans, animals also have a right to a healthy and balanced diet. If the former turn to a nutritionist or dietician to eat better, the latter can count on Flore Viallard. “I have done all my internships in zoos. It’s an environment that has always attracted me ”, explains the young woman, fresh from training.

Graduated from the National Institute for Higher Education and Research in Food, Animal Health, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, more commonly known as VetAgro Sup, of Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme), the young 24-year-old Chartraine specializes in global health, especially animal nutrition. Before that, Flore Viallard attended the preparatory school, in Montargis (Loiret), in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences (BCPST). He also followed at a distance, Covid obliges, an Erasmus course with the University of Padua. “The Italians have offered courses on wildlife management and nutrition, he explains, courses that are not provided in France. “

“During my studies I was told that it was impossible to do what I wanted to do. So I tried. And she did. Flore was initially involved in the management of captive wildlife. Then the Sigean African Reservation in Aude offered him an internship in nutrition. “I was dealing with exotic herbivores. I changed the recipe of the pellets that were distributed to him. “

During his internships, his trainers encourage him to set up his own business. Our young advisor then founded Nutrioo, in October 2021. “I have the impression of doing a useful job, which, moreover, is linked to the conservation of animal species”, smiles those who have also carried out various volunteer missions, one of which in South Africa. He has already collaborated with the Biopark of Doué-la-Fontaine (Maine-et-Loire) and thanks to her the primates of the Zoological and Botanical Park of Mulhouse (Upper Rhine) have gone from fruits too rich in sugar and poor fiber, vegetables .

And don’t think that making a feed change in primates, exotic birds and ruminant herbivores happens in the blink of an eye: “This also implies, for example, changing the rhythms of the work groups as well as modifying the quantities and rations. this I love my job: there is the scientific aspect but also the human one. “

Add to this many other factors that the nutritionist must consider such as food storage, procurement, logistics, budget, kitchen hygiene or environmental impact. But Flore Viallard doesn’t stop there. She also forms teams of animals in relation to nutrition and performs various audits. “I’m in a niche and I like it,” she smiles at her. If the practice is “much better developed in the United States and England” it is very “uncommon” in France, she observes the young woman, who also teaches animal husbandry to BTS students, at the national fold of Rambouillet (Yvelines).

But zoos and parks aren’t his only customers. Flore has already worked with horse owners, advising and teaching them, for example, to recognize toxic plant species in pastures. She also develops her work with sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, rabbits and exotic birds or snakes, the famous Nac (New Pets).

Practical: Nutrioo. 06.40.10.81.07. Email: nutrio.zoonutrition@gmail.com.

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