Tutored Online CPD

Nutrition for Challenging Cases (Nov 2024)

£255.00 Ex VAT

4th November 2024
CPD:    15 hours (UK), 15 points (AUS, NZ) over 6 / 8 weeks
Level:  Intermediate



This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice


Week 1

Preparing to Feed Patients within the Veterinary Hospital

This week aims to identify the key pieces of information required from the pet owner, in order to give their pets the best chance of voluntarily consuming food whilst in the veterinary hospital.


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


  • Identify which information is vital to collect from the pet owner
  • Appreciate the who, how and when of information collection
  • Understand how to create the ideal eating environment for your patients
  • Understand all aspects of the hospital food kitchen


Week 2

Hospital Nutrition

Every effort should be made to get patients eating on their own. Choosing appropriate foods and timings will largely depend on the results of the nutritional assessment. Patients may not eat well whilst they are in the hospital, for a wide range of reasons, and nutritional support may be required; firstly we tempt them to eat and if unsuccessful, look at other methods of assisted feeding.


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


  • Understand how to feed appetent patients:
    • Communicate the nutrition plan
    • Select appropriate foods and feeding times
    • Offer a tailored approach to each individual patient
  • Understand how to feed inappetent patients:
    • Appreciate the available options
    • Identify environmental adaptations
    • Offer assisted feeding


Week 3

Critical Care Nutrition

Despite all efforts some patients may be either too unwell or unwilling to voluntarily consume any food whilst in the hospital, and assistance in the form of feeding tubes will be required.


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


  • Understand the process of feeding tube selection
  • Provide maintenance and care of feeding tubes
  • Confidently calculate nutritional requirements and food quantities


Week 4

Diabetic Patients 

A diagnosis of diabetes can be very worrying and overwhelming for pet owners with many elements to consider. Nutrition plays a vital role in the management of both cats and dogs with diabetes. As the type of diabetes frequently seen in dogs and cats differ, a disease specific recommendation will be required.


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


  • Implement stable feeding routines for diabetic dogs
  • Describe the ideal food composition for diabetic cats
  • Understand how to manage concurrent obesity


Week 5

Multiple Concurrent Conditions and Difficult Decisions

As with many things in life, challenges rarely occur alone. Patients often present us with dietary dilemmas and decision making can be difficult. However, by knowing what to prioritise, where to compromise and where to go for help, a suitable nutritional solution can be found for all.


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


  • Understand nutritional concerns in cancer patients
  • Explain nutritional care for end of life patients
  • Provide nutritional advice for patients with concurrent diseases
  • Understand what to do when no suitable diet exists
  • List sources of additional nutritional information


Week 6

Client Communication

Although much in known about providing nutrition in many different circumstances, excellent client communication is a key part of dietary plan implementation. Getting communication right means your recommendation is more likely to be followed, clients know who to trust and who they should talk to if problems arise. This is an excellent way to demonstrate the high level of care you are providing to their beloved pet.


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


  • Create the right environment for discussions
  • Gauge readiness of the client to discuss their pet’s diet
  • Approach information gathering to maximise responses
  • Understand what to do if the owner is feeding a nonstandard diet
  • Make clear recommendations and manage expectations
  • Monitor and make adjustments to the nutrition plan


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.  This course is tutored for 6 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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Georgia Woods-Lee BSC (Hons), RVN, Cert CFVHNut, VTS (Nutrition)
University of Liverpool


Georgia qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004 from Myerscough College, Preston. In 2010 Georgia was appointed as Head Nurse and clinical coach of a small animal practice in Cheshire, developing successful obesity care and other nursing clinics.  In June 2015, Georgia took the position of ROYAL CANIN® Weight Management Clinic Nurse at the University of Liverpool, Small Animal Teaching Hospital, where she is now dealing exclusively with pet obesity and nutrition. In addition to the day to day running of the clinic, Georgia also assists with the research the clinic undertakes and has provided education to vets and nurses throughout many countries around the world.  Georgia gained her Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition in 2017, the American Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Nutrition certificate in 2019 – being 1 of only 25 people to hold this accreditation, and her BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top up) degree in 2022.

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 15 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.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 15 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 15 CPD points.



Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 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 8 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’


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:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


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