Welcome To Animal Necessity!

Our Mission:
To help animals live healthier lives, by providing our comprehensive approach to animal wellness. We incorporate current research with supplements to create products of the highest quality and purity. We drive advancement in animal wellness by developing our veterinary dietary supplements through natural, holistic and scientific methods.
Our Vision:
Animal Necessity is at the forefront of the development and promotion of holistic, protocol-based approaches to animal wellness, integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with traditional medicine. Our standard of support of animal wellness is based on three core values:

Use of the highest quality ingredients
Formulations backed by sound scientific research
A holistic approach to animal wellness

Animal Necessity focuses on delivering high-quality supplements and services to veterinary health professionals and pet owners around the world. We know that the well being of animals worldwide depends on the purity, quality, and integrity of our supplements. Our holistic approach to health maintenance has been developed over the past 40 years by Dr. Norma Pestano, an orthomolecular nutritionist. Dr. Pestano's extensive research in the development of supplements and wellness protocols helps maintain health.

Dr. Pestano has partnered with leading doctors of veterinary medicine (DVMs), including board-certified veterinary specialists, to apply many of these human-based protocols to companion animals and marine mammals. Animal Necessity values and respects the human-animal bond, and we are committed in our efforts to provide relevant information that veterinarians and pet owners need to support animal health.

Read about our Veterinary Advisory Panel below!

Meet Our Veterinary Advisors
Johanna Mejia-Fava, DVM, PhD - Dolphin DVM (The Dolphin Vet)
Zoo Holistic Consultant
Co-Founder, Animal Necessity

Dr. Johanna Mejia-Fava has spent the past 10 years developing her expertise in marine mammal veterinary medicine. A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she also completed a PhD in Marine Mammal Ophthalmology, and a three-year Residency in Zoo and Aquatic Medicine at the University of Georgia and Georgia Aquarium.

Dr. Norma Pestano
Consulting Physician for Animal Necessity

You can listen to her radio show every Monday - Friday online at Radio Wado 1280, 2:00-3:00PM

Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, DACVO, MBA
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity
Co-Founder, Animal HealthQuest LLC

For Dr. Carmen Colitz, every day is a blessing and an opportunity to use her veterinary skills to improve the lives of animals.

Her passion for helping animals exudes not only from her work as one of the world's leading veterinary ophthalmologists, but also at her home that she shares with eight pets: three dogs and five cats, some named after football players.

Terri McCalla, DVM, MS, DACVO
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity
Co-Founder, Animal HealthQuest LLC

A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist since 1989, Terri McCalla, DVM MS DACVO has a strong interest in retinal pathology with an MS in Comparative Veterinary Pathology. She is a co-founder of Animal HealthQuest LLC, the creator of the Ocu-GLO™, and also owns Animal Eye Care LLC, a private referral ophthalmology practice in Bellingham, Washington.

"Restoring vision to an animal, or preserving vision where it could have been lost, is a wonderful thing to witness and share with the pet owner," she said. "I see exciting trends in how veterinary ophthalmologists are now embracing CAM - complementary and alternative medicine - which may help support the health of animal eyes. I strongly believe that integrative medicine, including carefully designed supplements, can help our pets' health, just as they can help people."

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity

Dr. Amanda Ardente's passion is animal nutrition, specifically when it comes to marine mammals. She completed her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University and her PhD in nutrition at the University of Florida. Her PhD research focused on optimizing the diet of bottlenose dolphins.