Nurses Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition

NCert (SANutr)

Newly revised programme starting in 2019!

The science of small animal nutrition has advanced significantly during recent years.

It is now well recognised, both by veterinary staff and pet owners, that optimal feeding plays a vital role in helping to reduce the risk of common health problems at different life stages, as well as helping in both convalescence and the nutritional management of a wide range of clinical conditions.

Providing the correct nutritional advice is now considered to be a very important aspect of pet care. The task of formulating a feeding plan is often delegated to nursing staff who are directly involved with the care of hospitalised patients. Veterinary nurses also play an important role in communicating with owners and providing feeding advice for pets at home. This programme involves a careful examination of small animal clinical nutrition as a tool to answer nutritional enquiries from pet owners and for improving
the nutritional status of both healthy pets and clinical cases. This updated programme is ideal for healthcare professionals who wish to increase the depth of their nutritional knowledge and understanding in order to demystify the subject of nutritional names and numbers and advise on the latest advancements.

Your journey through our Certificate programme

Timings, assessment and learning support

The individual courses are held within a face to face training environment, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share experiences.

You can take up to three years to study towards the exam or opt to attend the individual modules. If you are working towards the Certificate you will need to attend all taught modules and register for the multiple choice question exam with ESVPS.

Pre and post-module studying is structured around defined learning objectives and you are required to evaluate personal learning goals and record sources used
for further study.

Each taught session concludes with a discussion consisting of case-based questions occupying the final 30 minutes of the session.

Please note: The programme should be taken in sequence in order to gain maximum benefit.

Access Requirements:

If you want to gain the NCert you must have been in practice for a minimum of one year and be RCVS registered.

You can attend the modules if you are not qualified or in practice however, you will not be able to attain the NCert – see above.

Course timings:

08.45    Registration

09.00    Course Starts

17.30    Course Finishes

Anatomy and physiology - an introduction to nutrition

Module Information

The first module of this small animal nutrition programme will review the anatomy and physiology of the canine and feline gastrointestinal tract and the biochemistry of digestion to enable you to have a firm basis for your nutritional knowledge as you progress through the course.

There will also be a brief study of the anatomy and physiology of the kidneys and liver, followed by the physiology of calcium and phosphorus homeostasis.

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When

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Speaker

Fully Booked24 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Kirsty Gwynne
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Basic nutrition and life-stage feeding of cats and dogs

Module Information

In this module you will study the principles of basic nutrition and life-stage feeding. There are naturally some important differences between the nutritional requirements of cats and dogs to consider.

This module also includes case studies so that you will have an opportunity to practise nutritional calculations.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked25 Oct 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Clare Spencer
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Small mammal nutrition

Module Information

In this module you will learn about the commonly, and some of the uncommonly encountered exotic mammalian species (eg rabbits, rodents, ferrets and a brief discussion of sugar gliders, small primates etc) and their basic gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology. The aetiology of nutritional diseases in these species and how best to avoid them by supplying optimally balanced diets will be discussed. Clinically relevant areas of other organ systems will also be described eg calcium metabolism and the urinary tract in rabbits. By the end of this module you will feel comfortable in approaching clinical nutritional support for the generally ill patient as well as those suffering specific disease conditions. Cases from the speaker's practice will be drawn on to illustrate these issues and you are invited to bring your own cases, with as much information as possible, on the day, or to send them through ahead of time.

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When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked4 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard A. Saunders
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Balanced nutrition for birds and reptiles

Module Information

The second exotic module will cover the nutritional requirements of birds such as psittacines; raptors, other commonly presented wild UK birds and backyard chickens. To allow you to feel more comfortable with a variety of reptiles, species such as terrestrial and freshwater chelonia; snakes; representative species of commonly encountered lizard species (herbivore, omnivore and carnivore) will also be discussed. Understanding the basic gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology of these species will help you understand the aetiology of the nutritional diseases which these species experience and how to prevent them with optimal diets. Clinically relevant areas of other organ systems will be described including Vitamin D metabolism and UV light. Cases from the speaker's practice will be drawn on to illustrate these issues and you are invited to bring your own cases, with as much information as possible, on the day, or to send them through ahead of time.

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When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked5 Feb 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard A. Saunders
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Commercial pet food - types and labelling

Module Information

Pet owners are often bewildered by the information on pet food packaging and as a nurse running nutrition clinics you require the knowledge and skills to translate this data into everyday language. This module will review pet food choices, discuss ‘fashionable’ diets and the impact of feeding on behaviour. This module includes case studies and a practical session so that you will have an opportunity to practise nutritional calculations using a wide range of commercial pet food products. By the end of this module you will be better positioned to speak knowledgeably and communicate productively with your clients on the occasionally contentious topic of what they choose to feed their pet, and why.

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When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked28 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Clare Spencer
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Nutritional clinics for your patients

Module Information

This module will cover topics such as weight management and oral care at home, but also the support of more critically ill patients such as those affected by anorexia and cancer. Patients suffering from critical illness and/or injury often require assisted feeding. Their owners benefit from training and significant support to improve the welfare and outcomes for their pet and result in speedier recovery and shorter hospitalisation times. This module will give you the confidence to run successful nurse clinics in your practice.

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When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked29 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Clare Spencer
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Nutritional support for gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders

Module Information

Gastrointestinal signs are a major concern to many pet owners and are a frequent reason to seek nutritional advice. Whether the pet is hospitalised or cared for at home, nutritional support is particularly important for these cases. This module will provide in depth guidance on the ideal approach to cases such as adverse food reactions, colitis, pancreatitis, and hyperlipidaemia. Many endocrine conditions also benefit from personalised nutritional management as they are so complex and affect many different body systems. This module will deepen your understanding of the nutritional care of patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal or endocrine disorders.

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When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked23 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Clare Spencer
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Nutritional support of organ failure, the lower urinary tract and orthopaedic disorders

Module Information

This module primarily focuses our attention on the nutritional management of patients who have been diagnosed with organ failure which is more common in the mature cat and dog. A wide variety of organs can be affected including the kidneys, liver, brain and heart. Also included in this module are specific nutritional considerations for urolithiasis and FLUTD. Patients affected by orthopaedic disorders whether young or old can also benefit from nutritional support. Such cases are commonly presented at the clinic for their mobility issues and it has been shown that they require less medical intervention when they receive appropriate dietary management.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked24 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Clare Spencer
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Nurses Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition Pricing

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  1. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  2. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £300 fee (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).
  3. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  5. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
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  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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