Week 1
From Conception to Weaning

  • Parent health prior to conception and how this may affect pregnancy, parturition, and offspring
  • Nutritional requirements during pregnancy
  • Nutritional adaptations required during lactation
  • Neonate nutritional requirements, including how to hand feed effectively
  • Weaning

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how nutrition affects reproduction and key adaptations that are required
  • Have a clear understanding of how to promote health through nutrition during lactation
  • Identify the essential nutritional requirements for neonates
  • Understand how to hand feed neonates correctly

 

Week 2
Growth

  • Optimal growth
  • Effects of neutering
  • Nutritional considerations for large breed puppies

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Correctly use growth charts to map growth
  • Identity when growth is not ideal and the necessary changes that are required to maintain a healthy weight to adulthood
  • Have a good understanding of the nutritional adaptations that will be required at the point of neutering

 

Week 3
Adult Maintenance

  • Promoting health in adults
  • Maintaining a stable weight
  • Treat management
  • Recognise key aspects of feeding working dogs

Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand nutritional requirements for adults and how these must be adapted for each pet’s circumstance
  • Identify points of concern and to make appropriate recommendations
  • Reflect on how nutritional requirement for working dog may differ from pet dogs

 

Week 4
Golden Oldies - Senior Pets

  • Defining ‘senior’ age as an individual process
  • Understanding age related changes and how these require nutritional adaptation
  • Environmental considerations for pets in their senior years

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Confidently assess the needs of a senior pet
  • Identify environmental changes that may be required
  • Understanding of the dynamic changes to nutrition that are required for seniors to better support the pet and pet owner

 

Week 5
Diet Choices

  • Examination of the pet food label
  • Introduction to alternative diet types and how to have conversations with pet owners
  • How to manage pets fed an alternative diet within a hospital environment

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Identify all key information on a pet food label and how this is used to determine a feeding amount
  • Have a broad understanding of the pros and cons associated with alternative diets that are now commonly fed
  • Appreciate methods for assessing the suitability of alternative diets and how to improve safety
  • How to talk to the pet owner who wish to feed an alternative diet type

 

Week 6
Maintaining an Ideal Weight

  • Assess ideal weight through body condition scoring and muscle condition scoring
  • Simple steps to ensure obesity does not occur, and what can help if it does
  • How to calculate a feeding quantity of dry, wet or mixed diet types

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Confidently be able to body condition score and muscle condition score to identify an ideal weight and good health
  • Understand how simple food management in the home can prevent obesity occurring
  • Thoroughly understand calculations for determining a feeding amount to prevent over, or under feeding

 

This course will be fully tutored by Georgia Woods-Lee and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.

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