They are the first line of defense against the dominant paradigm that implies, “Dry food is fine, it’s nutritionally complete, and it’s a perfectly fine diet for cats.” While, it may be a lot of work and very overwhelming to make education on nutrition a part of a short veterinary appointment, being overwhelmed doesn’t justify practicing substandard medicine.
Diet is a very big thing to get wrong, after all.
Vets are who people turn to first when they’re looking for guidance on how to feed their animals. It's often exasperating to see that despite the overwhelming data to the contrary about dry food, most vet clinics are still selling and therefore implicitly endorsing dry food. That’s an awfully strong message that’s being sent. And it harms cats.
What can we be doing to persuade veterinarians to shift the paradigm?