This 4 week course will cover a range of clinical nutritional issues commonly encountered in first opinion practice.  These will include those animals (feline and canine) with renal disease, liver compromise, gastrointestinal disturbances, pancreatitis and urinary issues.

We will cover inappetence in animals and how to support these animals.  We will investigate the route cause of inappetence and how pharmaceutical and nutritional support can aid in increasing calorific and nutrient intake.  In all of these cases we will be looking at the evidence base behind the claims of diets and supplements and whether they are of benefit to our patients.

We will look at nutritional fashions and how to talk to clients about new trends that seem to be highlighted on-line almost continually.  In order to do this we will have some case studies to work through where we can discuss different options to the nutritional management.

Week 1
Nutritional Assessment and Calculations

  • How to perform a nutritional assessment
  • Calculate energy requirements and how much to feed
  • Treatment regimens for inappetence
  • Instigating nutritional support

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Perform a nutritional history and assessment of the animal
  • Calculate BER and RERs and apply this to how much to feed
  • Identify when nutritional support is required and how to do this

Week 2
Clinical Nutrition - Renal, Urinary, Liver and Cardiac

  • Clinical nutrition for renal, urinary, liver and cardiac disease
  • Look at each of the nutrient requirements for each of these management regimes

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Make recommendations for clinical diets for renal, urinary, liver and cardiac disease
  • Understand the nutrient specifications for these diets
  • Be able to discuss the benefits of these diets

Week 3
Clinical Nutrition - Gastrointestinal and Pancreatitis

  • Clinical nutrition for gastrointestinal and pancreatitis
  • Look at each of the nutrient requirements for each of these management regimes

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Make recommendations for clinical diets for range of gastrointestinal and pancreatitis
  • Understand the nutrient specifications for these diets
  • Be able to discuss the benefits of these diets

Week 4
Nutritional Supplements and Trends

  • Supplements
  • Nutritional trends (including raw and homecooked diets)

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • Make recommendations for supplements for the diseases discussed in weeks 3 and 4.
  • Look at the nutritional evidence behind nutritional fashions.
  • Discuss raw and home cooked feeding with clients.

 

The course will be fully tutored by Nicola Ackerman, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.