PetCubes is privileged to have onboard Dr Francis Cabana as our Director of Nutrition. Responsible for spearheading product development and community education, he leads PetCubes in our drive towards the unified goal of maximising the wellbeing of pets under human care.
Dr Francis is one of the top wildlife nutritionists in Asia. Originating from Montreal, Canada, he left at 21 to pursue his Masters and subsequently a PhD in wildlife nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. Instead of taking the path of common animal science to learn about farm animals, or through the veterinarian space and taking a certificate in nutrition, he took the road less travelled to dive deep into the world of animal ecology, metabolism and nutrition.
His first taste of Asia came when he spent a year researching the nutritional requirements and the ecology of wild animals in West Java, Indonesia, with emphasis on slow lorises. In that environment, he was able to understand where these animals fit into the web of life and what it means for their nutritional ecology. This is the ethos he still lives by every day to understand the requirements of every animal.
His incredible journey led him to the Singapore Zoo as their wildlife nutritionist and Assistant Director of Zoology from 2016 to 2021, taking on the herculean responsibility of the diets of over 15,000 animals that most have very little research published on. His passion inevitably flowed on to domestic animals, and now formulate the diets that PetCubes feeds to the thousands of pets in its ever growing family.