Veterinary nurses can now book on to a small animal nutrition course from Royal Canin.

The Level 4 Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition, in association with the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology, allows students to take an in-depth look at nutritional science and its application in practice.

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The Royal Canin course offers an in-depth look at nutritional science and its application in practice. Image © kozorog / Fotolia.

It explores the theory and practical application of the most recent advances in diet formulation and case-based feeding.

Course elements

Equivalent to the first year of a degree course, the certificate runs over a nine-month period (up to 180 hours of study) and involves assignments spanning four units, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the canine and feline digestive tract
  • Essentials of canine and feline nutrition/canine and feline diet types and feeding regimes
  • Principles of canine and feline lifestage nutrition
  • Canine and feline clinical nutrition: major body systems/critical care/principles of canine and feline clinical nutrition

On graduation, students will be able to place the CertCFVHNut postnominal after their name.

Worthwhile learning

Carly Nairn, head veterinary nurse at Seymour Vets in Totnes, completed the certificate this year.

She said: “As soon as I began the course, I was able to take new learning to use as part of my day-to-day work in practice. I have been able to advise clients on the direct link between nutrition and specific illnesses, providing them with more accurate, in-depth information and helping pet owners gain a greater understanding of their pets.

“Although the course was challenging, it was most certainly worth the knowledge, greater understanding and daily transferable skills.”

Bursary opportunity

Royal Canin is offering bursaries to a limited number of applicants, allowing for a 30% discount in course fees. To apply, applicants should contact their local veterinary business manager for an application form. Applicants can also enrol without the assistance of a bursary.

The course runs twice a year, with a February and September intake.

  • Applications for September 2016 close on 31 August.
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