Small Animal Nutrition Adviser CPD

Small Animal Nutrition Adviser CPD

taught by Katie McCaul

Course description

Small Animal Nutrition Advisor Accredited Online CPD Course

Aims and Objectives.

Unit 1: The Pet Food Industry

Key Learning Aims and Objectives
•Understanding all types of Pet Food available and the pet owner’s choice.
•An overview of Pet Food Law, Legislations, Health and Safety.
•Calculating Energy Requirements for Optimal Health.
•A detailed look at Diet selection for Life Stages and Marketing Concepts.
•Understanding Common Pet Food Myths.
•Understanding and analysis of pet food labels.

Unit 2: You are What you Eat! Inspection and Analysis of Foods

Key Learning Aims and Objectives
•A detailed look at whole foods
•To learn nutrient interactions and understand supplements.
•Understanding species appropriate foods and comparing the Canine and Feline digestive systems.
•Understanding the key nutrients, their functions and ensuring adequate nutritional intake.
•Understanding how processing effects nutrients in foods.

Unit 3: Common Nutritional Diseases and Dietary Management

Key Learning Aims and Objectives
•An overview of common diseases affected by inadequate nutrition.
•Guidance on meeting the nutritional needs of inpatients fed on alternative diets.
•Feeding inpatients and appetite stimulation.
•A look at how alternative diets compare to prescription diets.
•A look at how different diseases effect energy requirements.

Our small animal nutrition advisor course provides an unbiased approach for those members of staff with a particular interest in the importance of correct nutrition
The importance of Canine and Feline nutrition is often overlooked or misunderstood. Owners’ increasingly question and investigate alternative diets for their pets. Our role in practice must be to support choices for these clients and ensure diets are balanced to meet the individual pets needs.
Nutrition involves a lot more than choosing the appropriate diet from the shelves. A deeper understanding of how nutrition effects health, disease and life stages will improve your confidence in talking around nutritional based questions.
Your clients will be better informed, more able to provide a healthy life style for their pets and have an improved relationship with the practice.

Katie McCaul
Katie McCaul
RVN BSc Animal Behaviour/Physiology DIP Naturopath


I qualified in 1998 and became Head nurse in a 3 branch mixed practice. My time in practice taught me many skills including running clinics, dealing with company representatives, tricky clients and a team of nurses and vets. I very much enjoyed my role as an NVQ assessor teaching the trainee Vet nurses. 

After leaving practice I was lucky enough to complete a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Physiology. This taught me about the evolutionary path our domesticated pets had been on and how innate behaviour and physiology are the key to happiness and health. 

Since university I have taught on the VN degree program, worked with Wiltshire Wildlife trust, and returned to practice part time. 

My present role as research and development manager at a Pet Food Company, has been an education into the pet food industry. Leading me to achieve a diploma in Naturopathy, use diet formulation software and run a research project. 

I am passionate about supporting Veterinary nurses in practice and providing unbiased balance education to enable informed choices for clients.

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