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Small Animal Nutrition

Small Animal Nutrition

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.

Veterinary nurses/technicians with a special interest in the topic are 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.

'Dr Fraser was very good, knowledgeable and gave prompt and interesting replies. Thank you!'

Kimberley Godwin, CIT

'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 Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain a better 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
  • Have covered how to use feeding standard tables and food composition tables to formulate diets that meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats
  • Gain a better understanding of how to apply nutritional knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases where nutritional factors are involved in their aetiology
  • Gain a better 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 affordable short 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. 

Complete at your own pace over 4 weeks to earn 10-20 CPD points (depending on the course)


Monday 27 April - Sunday 24 May 2020
Delivered Online



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 University Medal in 1962.  He was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney, before becoming a postgraduate student in Clare College at the University of Cambridge.  He undertook research in the University of Cambridge Dunn Nutritional Laboratory on vitamin D metabolism and graduated with a PhD in 1967.  From 1967 to 1986 he was a member of the Scientific Staff of the Medical Research Council at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, with continuing research on the metabolism and function of vitamin D.  In 1986 he returned to the University of Sydney as Professor of Animal Science.  He was Head of the Department of Animal Science (1992-1994) and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science (1994-1998).  He continues with research and teaching on the nutrition of domestic animals at the University of Sydney, with particular interest in vitamin D status and function.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.