Nurses Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition

NCert (SANutr)

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 course 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.

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 start on a Nurse Certificate programme at any time in the year and choose to study over a period of up to three years towards the exam or opt to attend the individual modules. If you are working towards the Cert, a final multiple choice exam is held each November. In order to sit the exam you need to attend all taught modules and register for the exam with ESVPS.

For Small Animal Nutrition you will be required to spend an hour completing tasks provided by the speakers at the end of each module. You will also be expected to spend 2 to 3 hours between each module on post module review and further reading. The programme will also have a spot test instead of a case report.

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.

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, Physiology and Biochemistry Relating to Small Animal Nutrition

Module Information

This course will review the anatomy and physiology of the canine and feline gastrointestinal tract and the biochemistry of digestion.

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.

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Basic Nutrition and Life-Stage Feeding of Cats and Dogs

Module Information

In this course, 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 course includes case studies so that you will have an opportunity to practise nutritional calculations.

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Types of Pet Food and Commercial Pet Food Labelling

Module Information

In this course the topics for consideration will include pet food analysis and labelling.

Pet owners are often bewildered by the information on pet food packaging and veterinary staff require the knowledge and skill set to translate this data into everyday language. You will also review pet food choices, discuss raw diets and the impact of feeding on behaviour.

This module includes case studies and a wet-lab so that you will have an opportunity to practise nutritional calculations using a wide range of commercial pet food products.



When

Where

Speaker

21 Feb 2019 (9:00-17:30) Swindon Claire Derry

Exotic Pet Nutrition

Module Information

This course will cover basic anatomy and physiology of rabbits, herbivorous and omnivorous rodents and ferrets. Time will also be spent discussing psittacines and the commonly encountered reptiles and chelonians. The optimum diets of rabbits, herbivorous and omnivorous rodents, ferrets, psittacines and the common reptiles will be discussed and the problems that may occur with incorrect nutrition highlighted.
Clinical nutritional support for the generally ill patient will be covered. Clinical nutrition for particular disease states will be discussed.

When

Where

Speaker

22 Feb 2019 (9:00-17:30) Swindon Richard Saunders

Key Nutritional Factors and their Importance in Clinical Cases I

Module Information

Using a logical and step by step approach, course participants will study the key nutritional factors involved in the nutritional management of a wide range of frequently encountered clinical conditions in cats and dogs. The topics for consideration will include diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the pancreas and the skin, anorexia, critical illness, post-op feeding and neoplasia. Workshops and case studies will provide you with an opportunity to practise the application of key nutritional principles.



When

Where

Speaker

9 May 2019 (9:00-17:30) Swindon Clare Spencer

Key Nutritional Factors and their Importance in Clinical Cases II

Module Information

Using a logical and step by step approach, you will study the key nutritional factors involved in the nutritional management of a wide range of frequently encountered clinical conditions in cats and dogs. You will cover the nutritional management of major organ failure (liver, kidneys, heart and brain), urolithiasis, lower urinary tract disorders, skeletal and periodontal problems, obesity and some of the common endocrine disorders. Workshops and case studies will provide you with an opportunity to practise the application of key nutritional principles.



When

Where

Speaker

10 May 2019 (9:00-17:30) Swindon Clare Spencer

Nurses Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition Pricing

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £150.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. The remaining amount is payable 60 days prior to the course commencing.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £250 (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS). There is an additional £50 (no VAT) charge for those sitting the NCert Anaesthesia examination for online external invigilation.
  5. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  6. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  7. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  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.
  4. In order to secure a place, you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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