Tutored Online CPD

Clinical Nutrition (Apr 2025)

£205.00 Ex VAT


Start:
  21st April 2025
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Intermediate

 

Description

This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

 

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 objectives
After completion of this week, participants should 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

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Nicola = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

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

 

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

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Nicola = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

Week 3

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

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

 

  • Make recommendations for clinical diets for range of gastrointestinal and pancreatitis
  • Understand the nutrient specifications for these diets
  • Discuss the benefits of these diets

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Nicola = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Written assignment – clinical case study or client information brochure = 45 minutes  (to be submitted before 5pm Friday of week 4)
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

Week 4

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

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should 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

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Nicola = 55 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

 

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

48 reviews for Clinical Nutrition (Apr 2025)

  1. Hannah Miller

    Nice and clear, great extra resources for further reading, thank you

    Rated: Introduction / Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  2. Amy Leatherland

    Really interesting course

    Rated: Intermediate / Advanced level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

  3. Tia Mcleish

    really eenjoyed doing the course at my own pace,.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified (<2 years) - UK)

  4. Lianne Midson

    Really informative and easy to understand. Helpful for nurse clinics and client and patient care

    Rated: Introduction / Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  5. Helen Wall

    A good course, learnt about some new techniques that I will take back to clinic and discuss with my team.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (ACA – UK)

  6. Laura Kennedy

    The course was designed well, with easy access and plenty of resources given to read further on each topic. It was interactive with forums to get involved with and plenty of time given to complete each module with extra time at the end to finish everything.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified (<2 years) - UK)

  7. Molly Leighton

    I enjoyed that it involved a variety of learning styles (webinar & reading)

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  8. Victoria Thomas

    Well presented, lot’s of relevant information, loads to take back to practice with me

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years- UK)

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Speaker

Nicola Lakeman MSc, BSc (Hons), Cert SAN, Cert ECC, VTS (Nutrition), A1 V1 C-SQP Hons, RVN
Nutrition Manager, IVC Evidensia

 

Nicola works as the Nutrition Manager for IVC Evidensia. Nicola graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Nicola is one of the Consultant Editors for The Veterinary Nurse. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare, the SQP Veterinary Nurse of the Year and the SQP Nutritional Advisor of the Year. Nicola has recently gained her Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

CPD Hours

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.

AVNAT

Australia and New Zealand 

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.

 

Information

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’

Levels

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

Pawprints

You will earn 205 Pawprint Points (£20.50 website credit) when you purchase this course

 

Our loyalty scheme rewards you with 10% in website credit to spend on future courses.  Choose pay with Pawprint Points during checkout.

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Invoice

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