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Small Animal Nutrition TimeOnline

Small Animal Nutrition TimeOnline

What are the differences between dogs and cats in their nutritional requirements? How can you use this knowledge to better advise owners about how to feed their animals?

Over the past 40 years, the widespread feeding of commercial foods to dogs and cats has diminished awareness of the special nutritional characteristics of these domestic animals. Although commercial foods, formulated to meet the known nutrient requirements of dogs and cats have ensured good nutritional health, there are still circumstances where malnutrition of these species can occur.

The aims of this course are to emphasise the differences between dogs and cats in their nutritional requirements, to draw attention as to how this knowledge can help veterinarians better advise dog and cat owners about how to feed their animals and to awaken an understanding about how nutritional knowledge can assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Past Participant:

'The Small Animal Nutrition course has been a fantastic way of brushing up on my nutrition knowledge and allowing me to give owners more informed information about diet rather than just advising to feed a complete and balanced commercial food. I learnt as much from the discussion forum as from the module notes - excellent responses to discussion questions really added to the learning experience.'
Emily Payne

Learning Outcomes 

After completing this course, participants will:

  • have a well-developed understanding of how knowledge of nutritional science is needed to be able to provide guidance on how to meet the specific nutrient requirements of dogs and cats
  • be able to use feeding standard tables and food composition tables to formulate diets that meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats.
  • be able to apply nutritional knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases where nutritional factors are involved in disease aetiology
  • have a good understanding of the significance of clinical signs that indicate a history of malnutrition in dogs and cats


  1. The physiological and biochemical characteristics that determine the different nutritional requirements of dogs and cats
  2. The specific nutrient requirements of dogs and cats
  3. The application of nutritional knowledge in the prevention and treatment of disease
  4. Malnutrition of dogs and cats with consequent disease.

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Veterinary nurses/technicians with a special interest in the topic are also welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Nurse / Part-time Member  $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Monday, 20 September 2021 to
Sunday, 17 October 2021
15 CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr David Fraser
David Fraser
Dr David Fraser
David Fraser
David Fraser was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia to study at the University of Sydney, graduating Bachelor of Veterinary Science with First Class Honours and the Univers...


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