Online CPD for Vet Nurses

Advanced Nutrition (*NEW* - Sep 2023)



Start:  18th September 2023

CPD:   10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks

Level:  Intermediate




Week 1
Diabetes Mellitus

In this first week, we will be looking at diabetic cats and dogs and how nutrition plays a very large role in stabilisation of blood glucose. In dogs, we will look at how manipulation of different types of fibre can influence it. Cats are completely different when it comes to diabetes, not just in what to feed them. We will look at low carbohydrate, higher fat and protein diets, and how these can be used for obesity control and aid with the diabetes


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

  • Understand how diets for dogs and cats differ for diabetic patients
  • Explain how specific nutrients affect metabolism and insulin requirements
  • Establish safe weight loss in the diabetic cat

Week 2
Cardiac Disease

In the second week, we will look at the ACVIM consensus statement and how we can build this into nutrition for dogs. We will look at the recent evidence for cardiac diets and how the heart cells have been shown to respond to different energy sources. We will also look at the evidence surrounding those dogs that are developing DCM on grain free diets


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

  • Understand the nutritional requirements for the cardiac patient
  • Describe how to prevent cardiac cachexia
  • Understand the issues with fad diets and DCM

Week 3
Hepatic Disease

Hepatic disease in cats and dogs can be very complex depending on the cause. We will look at the feeding of puppies with portosystemic shunts and why we use diets with specific nutrients.  We will then discuss those animals with raised liver parameters and how we can help them, using diets and supplements


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

  • Understand how certain nutrients can exacerbate the clinical signs of portosystemic shunts
  • Explain how supplements can be used in animals with liver disease
  • Describe the nutrient requirements of cats and dogs with liver disease

Week 4
Dermatological Diets

In this last week, we will look at all the different diets that are available for dogs and cats that have dermatological issues.  We will investigate nutrigenomic diets, novel protein diets and hydrolysed diets and discuss when to use each one


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

  • Understand the difference between diets aimed at animals with dermatological issues
  • Conduct feeding trials for dermatological cases
  • Explain how supplements can be used to improve skin conditions

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

This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.

All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference.


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Nicola Lakeman

BSc (Hons), Cert SAN, Cert ECC, VTS (Nutrition), A1 V1 C-SQP Hons, RVN


Nicola works as the Head Medicine Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth. Nicola is past officer of the BVNA and editor of Veterinary Nursing Journal, and is currently the chair of The Pet Obesity Taskforce. Nicola sits on the Veterinary Products Committee for the VMD. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks, and has won several Veterinary Nursing Awards. Nicola gained the VTS in Nutrition in the summer of 2014.


This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours.


After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


  • Introduction – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course.
  • Intermediate – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course
  • Advanced – maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice.

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Payment with debit or credit card is the preferred payment method

Please ask your practice manager or accounts department to visit the website, register an account in their own name, and during checkout, complete the ‘delegate name’ and ‘delegate email’ sections with your personal details.  We will then register you a personal account on your behalf, and transfer the course booking over to your new personal account.  We will of course email you all the information you need to access this new account and your CPD course.

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