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TECH188-0810: Introduction to Canine and Feline Nutrition

Mary Mould, RVT, AS

August 3-September 9, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings, August 9, 23, and 30, 2010 (no class August 16); 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

This is an introductory course that provides identification and function of nutrients, understanding of pet food labels, and applications for wellness and life stages for dogs and cats. Fundamentals of energy and non-energy producing nutrients and their sources and functions will be discussed as well as the integration of concepts including digestion, absorption, and metabolism with application to normal nutritional needs.

The course will be presented in four (3) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. Mary Mould has years of experience in teaching small animal nutrition to veterinary technician students across the country.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

TEXTBOOK: There is no required text for this course. The instructor recommends the following text for adjunctive reading:


Week 1: Nutrients, energy measured as heat, daily energy requirement and nutritional recommendations and calculations
Content: Understanding nutrient needs and the consequences of deficiency and excess are vital when making a nutritional recommendation. We will determine the recommended nutrient profiles of dogs and cats in adult maintenance and growth/reproduction and lactation. We will calculate the energy needs of a dog and cat and demonstrate how the feeding guidelines and energy content of a specific food meet the energy needs.

Week 2: Common additives in pet food, oxidation of fats and toxic foods
Content: Basic overview of additives, supplements, antioxidants found in pet food as well as toxic foods to both dogs and cats.

Week 3: Pet Food Labels and Life Stage Nutrient Profiles
Content: Reading a Pet Food Label using critical thinking to determine if all nutrients are met for a specific life stage of the animal. You will also understand the standard nutrient profile and the role of AAFCO.

LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

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.


$90 ($81 early bird special if registered before July 20, 2010).
*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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