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NUTR102-0615: Back to the Basics: Small Animal Nutrition Review
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.
Catherine Lenox, DVM, CVA, DACVN
June 22-July 16, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Mondays, June 29 and July 6, 2015; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians,
and veterinary support staff actively interested in small animal nutrition.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians,
and veterinary support staff.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
This course is intended to review 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.
Aspects of canine and feline nutrition will be discussed.
A brief overview of pet food labels will be given.
Finally, dietary options for dogs and cats will be discussed.
This course consists of two (2) 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.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
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 and energy requirements for dogs and cats.
- describe the basic differences between canine and feline nutrition.
- describe the differences in nutritional requirements / key nutritional
factors for different life stages (growth, maintenance, etc.).
- take a thorough dietary history.
- list basic aspects of the AAFCO requirements for pet food labels.
- describe 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.
Recommended Textbooks and Publications:
About the Instructors:
- Fascetti AJ, Delaney SJ.
Applied Veterinary Clinical Nutrition.
Wiley and Sons, 2012.
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- Hand MS, Thatcher CD, Remillard, RL, Roudebush P, Novotny BJ.
Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th edition.
Mark Morris Institute, 2010.
Mark Morris Institute Bookstore:
- Michel K.
Focus on Nutrition - Using a Diet History to Improve Adherence to Dietary Recommendations.
Vetlearn - Compendium 2009;31:22-24.
Vetlearn (Account Needed):
- National Research Council.
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats.
National Academy Press, 2006.
National Academy Press: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10668/nutrient-requirements-of-dogs-and-cats
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 and 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.
Dr. Lenox is also certified in veterinary acupuncture. After three years in
specialty practice, Dr. Lenox joined Royal Canin USA in 2014. She is currently
Manager of Scientific Affairs at Royal Canin.
(Real Time Session June 29, 2015):
Basic nutrient review/ digestive physiology pertaining to nutrients, Content and Pet Food Labels
- Digestion & absorption of carbohydrates
- Soluble carbs versus dietary fiber
- Fiber: TDF, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber (crude fiber)
- Soluble carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides, starch
- Function of carbohydrates
- 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/triacylglycerol
- 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
Pet food labels:
- 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
(Real Time Session July 6, 2015):
Basic canine and feline nutrition & general diet options for dogs and cats
CE Credits: 4
- Estimated energy requirements
- Definition of resting energy requirements, how to calculate
- Definition of maintenance/daily energy requirements,
how to calculate for different patients and life stages
- HANDOUT: MER/DER factors
- Body condition scoring
- 9 point versus 5 point scale
- Ideal body condition scores for dogs and cats
- How to score based on 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
- Life stage nutrition
- Definition and identification of life stages
- Adult maintenance
- Gestation / lactation
- Sporting dogs
- Basic principles of feeding for healthy pets in each life stage
- 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 life stage and for patients with disease
- Definition of complete and balanced diets
- Commercial diets
- OTC versus therapeutic/veterinary exclusive
- Complete and balanced homemade diets
- Formulated by a DACVN
- Components of HMDs
- Benefits of HMDs
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Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by June 8, 2015)
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