About The Course

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.

Aims & 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.

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5 star rating

Extremely well-organised, accessible and enjoyable course.

Denise Hobin

I loved this course! I found it so easy to follow as it was so well-structured and the information was very accessible. Katie was also so helpful with answ...

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I loved this course! I found it so easy to follow as it was so well-structured and the information was very accessible. Katie was also so helpful with answers to my many many questions! I learnt so much on this course and it really got me excited about giving nutritional information to clients. I know I have a lot more work to do to become familiar with most of the foods out there but this course has equipped me with the skills and tools to be confident when giving nutritional advice and informing clients about what to look for and what to avoid. Thanks so much and I'm definitely going to do the raw food course soon!

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5 star rating

Extremely well-organised, accessible and enjoyable course.

Denise Hobin

I loved this course! I found it so easy to follow as it was so well-structured and the information was very accessible. Katie was also so helpful with answ...

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I loved this course! I found it so easy to follow as it was so well-structured and the information was very accessible. Katie was also so helpful with answers to my many many questions! I learnt so much on this course and it really got me excited about giving nutritional information to clients. I know I have a lot more work to do to become familiar with most of the foods out there but this course has equipped me with the skills and tools to be confident when giving nutritional advice and informing clients about what to look for and what to avoid. Thanks so much and I'm definitely going to do the raw food course soon!

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5 star rating

Great knowledge booster

Belinda Barritt

I really enjoyed this course. The information was great, and I apprnuteciated the links and resources to further study nutrition. I think it's really benefic...

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I really enjoyed this course. The information was great, and I apprnuteciated the links and resources to further study nutrition. I think it's really beneficial to have an idea of different diet types to have better conversations with pet owners and lead them in the right direction if they are keen to feed different diets.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1: The Pet Food Industry

    • Module 1 Introduction

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    • Introduction Continued...

      FREE PREVIEW
    • How Pet Food is Made

    • Unit 1: Types of Pet Food and Owners Choice.

    • Wolf Natural Food Related Behaviours

    • Cat Natural Food Related Behaviour

    • Unit 2: Pet Food Law, Health & Safety.

    • Unit 3: Understanding Pet Food Labels & Calculations: Energy Requirements for Optimal Health.

    • Unit 4: Diet Selection for Life Stages and Marketing Concepts.

    • Unit 5: Common Pet Food Myths.

    • Module 1 Take Home Messages.

    • Module 1 Quiz

    • Module 1 Conclusion

  • 3

    Module 2: You Are What You Eat: Inspection and Analysis of Foods

  • 4

    Module 3: Feeding for Health Conditions

    • Module 3 Introduction

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 1: Dis - ease

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Unit 2: Common Nutritional Diseases and Dietary Management.

    • Unit 3: Tips for Succesful Weight Clinics.

    • Unit 4: Supporting Disease with Nutrition.

    • Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut YouTube Video

    • Bone Broth Recipe YouTube Video

    • Unit 5: Feeding Inpatients and Appetite Stimulation.

    • Module 3 Quiz

    • Module 3 Conclusion

  • 5

    Course Conclusion

    • Course conclusion

About Katie

Instructor Bio:

RVN BSc Animal Behaviour/Physiology DIP Naturopath

Katie McCaul

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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