Training company Improve International is launching a new qualification after a survey of veterinary nurses showed nutrition was the most requested topic for a nurses’ certificate.

The qualification, the Nurses’ Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition, will take its first students in March and aims to help nurses with an interest in nutrition increase their knowledge.

Modules will include:

  • key nutritional factors and their importance in clinical cases
  • life stage nutrition
  • exotic pet nutrition
  • types of pet food and commercial pet food

The certificate will be taught over three two-day residential sessions at Improve’s headquarters near Swindon, Wiltshire during 2015.

Improve International’s managing director David Babington said the company was delighted to be launching the new qualification.

“The central role of nutrition in overall health is increasingly recognised, with respected bodies such as the World Small Animal Veterinary Association recommending a nutritional assessment should be included as the fifth vital assessment at each patient visit,” he said.

“However, with so much contradictory and inaccurate information available online, owners are crying out for proper and impartial nutritional advice from their veterinary team.

“This represents a great opportunity for nurses with an interest in nutrition to develop a specific and valuable role for themselves and their practice.”

Improve International was founded in 1998 by vets from across the UK. It provides CPD in a range of formats for vets, vet nurses, receptionists and practice managers. Its postgraduate programmes are accredited by the European School of Postgraduate Veterinary Studies and validated by Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

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