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NUTR102-0813: Back to the Basics: Small Animal Nutrition Review
Catherine Lenox, DVM, Diplomate ACVN
August 20-September 20, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Tuesdays, August 27, September 3 and 10; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
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Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians
actively interested in nutrition.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians only.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.
This course is intended to review the basic principles of canine
and feline nutrition. A nutrient review will be provided outlining
important aspects of carbohydrate, lipid, protein, vitamin, and mineral
physiology and metabolism. Following that, aspects of canine and
feline nutrition will be discussed. In addition, a brief overview
of pet food labels will be given. Finally, dietary options for dogs
and cats will be discussed.
This course consists of three (3) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- List the 6 major nutrients and understand basic aspects of their
function, classification, digestion, absorption, and metabolism
- Estimate ideal weight for dogs and cats and energy requirements
- Understand basic differences between canine and feline nutrition
- Understand differences in nutritional requirements / key nutritional
factors for different lifestages (growth, maintenance, etc.)
- Understand how to take a thorough dietary history
- Understand basic aspects of AAFCO requirements for pet food labels
- Understand options for complete and balanced diets for dogs and cats
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
- AAFCO 2013 Official Publication Association of American
Feed Control Officials. AAFCO 2013.
(an older version is acceptable)
- Hand MS, Thatcher CD, Remillard, RL, Roudebush P, Novotny BJ.
Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th edition.
Topeka: Mark Morris Institute, 2010.
- Johnson LR.
Gastrointestinal Physiology, 7th Edition.
Philadelphia; Mosby 2007.
- Michel K.
Focus on Nutrition - Using a Diet History to Improve
Adherence to Dietary Recommendations.
Compendium 31: 22-24, 2009.
- National Research Council.
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats.
Washington DC: National Academy Press, 2006.
graduated from veterinary school
at the University of Missouri in 2007. She then went on to complete a small
animal medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University.
After a year in emergency practice in St. Louis, MO, she went on to complete
a small animal nutrition residency at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College
of Veterinary Medicine. She was board-certified by the American College of
Veterinary Nutrition in 2011. She owns a consulting business, Lenox Veterinary
Nutrition Consulting, PLLC and does clinical consulting with veterinarians
across the world. She is also affiliated with Gulf Coast Veterinary
Specialists in Houston, TX.
(Real Time Session August 27):
Basic nutrient review/ digestive physiology pertaining to nutrients
Digestion & absorption of carbohydrates
- Soluble carbs versus dietary fiber
- Fiber: TDF, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber (crude fiber)
- Soluble carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides, starch
- Function of cabrohydrates
- Storage of carbohydrates and hormonal regulation of storage, release, uptake
- Energy from carbohydrates
- Fermentation of fibers
- Essential fatty acids
- Digestion and absorption of fatty acids/triacylglycerols
- Storage of lipids and hormonal regulation of storage, release, uptake
- Function of lipids
- Adipose tissue & hormones
- Energy from lipids
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Essential versus nonessential amino acids
- Digestion and absorption of proteins/amino acids
- Function of proteins and amino acids
- Energy from proteins
- Fat soluble versus water soluble
- General properties of essential vitamins / basic functions
- Digestion/absorption (general)
- General properties / basic functions of essential minerals
- General digestion/absorption
- Secretion/absorption in the GI tract
(Real Time Session September 3):
Basic canine and feline nutrition
- Estimated energy requirements
- Definition of resting energy requirements, how to calculate
- Definition of daily energy requirements, how to calculate
for different patients and lifestages
- HANDOUT: DER factors
- Body condition scoring
- 9 point versus 5 point scale
- Ideal body condition scores for dogs and cats
- How to score based on Nestle Purina BCS Charts
- Combine with body weight and muscle condition for nutritional assessment
- Muscle condition scoring system
- Estimating ideal weight
- Ideal weight calculations for underweight patients with examples
- Ideal weight calculations for overweight patients with examples
- Differences between canine and feline nutrition
- Essential nutrients and their functions
- Physiologic differences
- Lifestage nutrition
- Definition and identification of lifestages
- Adult maintenance
- Gestation / lactation
- Sporting dogs
- Basic principles of feeding for healthy pets in each lifestage
- Dietary history
- Aspects of a thorough dietary history
- Importance of obtaining a thorough dietary history
- Key nutritional factors
- Nutrients to be mindful of
- Different for each lifestage and for patients with disease
(Real Time Session September 10):
Basic understanding of pet food labels; Dietary options for dogs and cats
CE CREDITS: 6
- AAFCO requirements for pet food labels
- Species the product is intended for
- Quantity in the container
- Substantiation for any product claims or comparisons
- Product name (with rules for this 95%, 25%, "with," or "flavors")
- Guaranteed analysis
- Ingredient list
- Nutritional adequacy statement
- Feeding directions
- Calorie content statement (2014?)
- Descriptive term requirements (low fat, etc.)
- Manufacturer or distributor information
- Definition of complete and balanced diets
- Commercial diets
- OTC versus therapeutic/prescription
- Natural / organic / grain-free / raw claims
- Complete and balanced homemade diets
- Formulated by a DACVN
- Components of HMDs
- Benefits of HMDs
Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by August 6, 2013)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by August 6, 2013)
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