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TECH126-0907: Large Breed Special Canine Nutrition
Geneva Acor, DVM, MS
September 17-October 7, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings; September 20 and 27 from 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)
According to the American Kennel Club, in 2006 the Labrador Retriever was the most popular dog breed in the United States with German Shepherds as number two and Golden Retrievers number four. Certainly, veterinary practices have a large percentage of patients as large breed dogs. Also, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. osteoarthritis or joint problems rank as number six (6) in the reasons owners take dogs to the veterinarian. Certainly we want to give these large breed dogs a good start in life and the best quality of life in later years. Nutrition is an important component of management of joint problems beginning with the growth period.
This course presents the clinical research supporting special recommendations in nutrition for the large breed puppy to achieve optimum health and reduce the risk of developmental orthopedic disease. Also, recent advances in the role of fatty acids in reducing inflammation in joint problems will be presented to improve the quality of life in the mature or aged large breed dog. Practice in calculating the energy requirements and giving a specific food recommendation will be emphasized. Dr. Acor has been a veterinary technician educator for more than a decade and has taught several nutrition courses online with VSPN and multiple veterinary technology programs across the USA.
This course will consist of two (2) ninety minute real time sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the text; a multiple choice quiz after the first real time session to assist students in identifying the key points; a cumulative final online; and interactive message board discussions.
This course is designed primarily for veterinary technicians. However veterinary staff and veterinary technician students wishing to have a better understanding of current clinical recommendations for the management of canine joint problems through nutrition may also take the course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
Week 1: Nutrition and large breed growth
Week one will emphasize the importance of nutrition in developmental orthopedic disease. The concept of weight management and dietary recommendations will be discussed. The session will also include calculation of the energy needs and providing a specific feeding recommendation for the puppy including the neutered pet and transitioning to adult pet food.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 3
$56 ($50.00 early bird special if registered before September 4, 2007).
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
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