Nutrition in Disease in Small Animal Practice

For Vet Nurses/Technicians
CPD HOURS - 15 | RACE Approved

Course Start Date: Monday, August 27, 2018

Course Duration: 3 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEDT (Sydney Time)

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Nutrition is much more than feeding. Every case you see has a nutritional component to it. The field of clinical nutrition and its impact on diseases is expanding at an incredible rate.

This exciting course has been written specifically for veterinary nurses – and will cover not only the fundamentals of optimum nutrition for sick and hospitalised patients, but also many of the recent advances in clinical nutrition you need to know about in order to provide the best care for sick and injured animals in your practice.

Course Schedule

Week 1: Nutrition of the Critical Patient
This week we will be covering nutrition of the sick hospitalized patient - the critically unwell patient that is unable to eat, or is inappetant due to their underlying disease process. We begin with a discussion of what happens to a healthy patient that is fasting - and then look at what happens to an animal that is fasting when they are sick and unwell, to determine just how urgent early nutritional support is in these patients! We follow this with a step-by-step guide to feeding these patients, from micro-enteral nutrition, placing feeding tubes (and how to look after them!) to the transition from liquid diets to solid food. Watch out this week for some pictorial resources, videos, and some useful feeding charts for use in your practice! We’ll also look at management of the anorexic patient too, including pharmacology and other therapies.
Week 2: Nutrition in Disease States I
Nutritional support and modification in states of disease can have a significant impact on the successful management of the patient and their disease. This week we will look at the impact of - and nutritional management of cardiac disease, renal insufficiency and gastrointestinal disease in both dogs and cats!
Week 3: Nutrition in Disease States II
Carrying on in the theme of nutrition in disease states, this week we will discuss dietary therapy in diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, lower urinary tract disease among other conditions as well!

Course Features

Printed and Bound Course Book
Comprehensive Learning Resources
Graded Course Assessment
Discussion Forums
Live and Online Weekly Tutorials
Extra Course Resources
Protocols For Your Practice
Structured and RACE Approved CE

Your Tutor

Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)
Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!

Course Fee

The cost for this 3-week vet course is only AUD 350. This fee includes a printed and fully bound course book, full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.

Course Fee: 350 AUD (Australia)

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Get in touch!

For any queries regarding this course, please do not hesitate to email us at Or call us on +61 7 4755 0090.