About the course
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 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.
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 Certificate, 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.
Our programmes take place in Alexandra House, Swindon enabling us to provide you with exceptional facilities. This location offers comfortable training rooms for theoretical taught lectures. A buffet lunch is included in each module along with refreshment breaks.
09.00 Course Starts
17.30 Course Finishes