TECH133-0513: Pet Food Fundamentals
» ENROLL NOW
Geneva Keene Acor, DVM, MS
May 31-July 1, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Fridays, June 7, 14, and 21, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area:
World Clock Converter
In order to prepare you for a successful experience
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.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course course is directed to veterinary technicians and practice nutritional counselors.
This course will not cover the basics of nutrient components; participants should already have a good understanding of protein,
carbohydrate, fat, mineral, and vitamins and how they relate to nutrition. Participants are encouraged to
review previously completed nutrition courses in preparation for this course prior to the first Real Time Session.
This course is for RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.
Pet owners will come to you with information from the Internet, newsletters, advertisements, and advice from a variety of sources.
How do you evaluate this information using evidence-based medicine to make a valid recommendation?
This course is a "macro" version of nutrition that includes understanding the manufacturing and marketing
of pet foods including feeding trials; palatability testing; significance of label requirements;
"boutique" foods including natural, organic, holistic, and premium designations;
and marketing versus science in pet food product claims. This course will teach participants to look deeper
than the packaging to evaluate evidence for the claims of the pet food and be able to impart that understanding to
clients willing to give their pets the best nutrition for their life and health.
This course will require thoughtful discussions in the message boards
and the participant is urged to be an interactive participant in these discussions as well as during the Sessions as able.
This course consists of three (3) ninety (90) minute Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- list the major global pet food manufacturers and most common brands.
- differentiate between the manufacturer and the brand; wellness and special needs pet foods; and commercial and therapeutic pet foods.
- identify and evaluate trends in pet food (including raw, grain free, and gluten free pet foods) in relation to evidence based medicine.
- explain components of the ingredients list and the use of official terminology.
- recount the steps in the manufacturing process and important check points.
- list the palatability factors for the dog and cat.
- describe a palatability test and a feeding trial and the importance of each.
- evaluate pet food claims as marketing versus science.
- explain the concept of therapeutic pet foods (medical diet foods) and current requirements for clinical proof of efficacy.
- develop a clinic plan to provide consistency in recommendations for therapeutic pet foods.
- create a pet food recommendation for a patient including the five elements of the recommendation.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
- Hand, M. S., Thatcher, C. D., Remillard, R. J., Roudebush, P., Novotny, B. J. (Eds). (2010). Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th edition. Mark Morris Institute: Topeka, KS.
Purchase through the AVNT Resources webpage: http://nutritiontechs.org/resources (Suggested Reading #1)
About the Instructor:
Dr. Geneva Acor
- Fascetti, A. J. and Delaney, S. J. (2012). Applied Veterinary Clinical Nutrition. Wiley and Sons. VIN Store:https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82219
- Case, L. P., Daristotle, L., Hayek, M. G., & Raasch, M. F (2011). Canine and Feline Nutrition, 3rd ed. Elsevier Health. VIN Store: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82112&c=19568
has been a long time educator and lecturer on all aspects of veterinary medicine.
She created this course for VSPN to enable those working in small animal practice to understand and impart
the knowledge of what goes into creating and manufacturing pet food to clientele and coworkers.
Prior to Week 1: Review of Basic Nutrition
If you have not had basic nutrition, you may want to review the six basic nutrients prior
to the class and the concept of nutrients versus ingredients.
Several Internet sites will be provided for this review or you may review in the recommended textbooks.
These links will be available in the course area library on the date the course opens.
(Real Time Session (June 7):
Pet Food Manufacturers and Processes
The focus of the first week is to identify the major pet food manufacturers, the manufacturing process,
and current and emerging trends. Criteria for types of food based on moisture content will be provided.
Specific criteria for palatability tests and feeding trials will be discussed. Message board
activities will include researching and identifying manufacturers versus distributors and the significance of that difference.
(Real Time Session (June 14):
Marketing Versus Science
In the second week, evaluation of pet food claims will be reviewed considering the principles of marketing
versus science in the claims. This will include defining terms such as natural, organic, holistic, and premium.
Also included will be the newer claims for raw and grain or gluten free. Participants will research pet food claims on packages,
in advertising, and/or on Internet sites and discuss their findings on the message boards especially
in reference to marketing versus science in claims.
(Real Time Session (June 21):
Veterinary Medical Foods and Nutrition Recommendations
During the final week, the focus will be on veterinary medical foods (therapeutic pet foods).
The Real Time Session will review current categories of food and methods for evaluation of claims.
The participant will prepare a nutrition recommendation for a patient
in the message boards and discuss the recommendation as if discussing with a pet owner.
CE CREDITS: 4.5
$90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by May 17,2013).
* 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).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
» ENROLL NOW
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 4.5 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VSPN Course Catalog
Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881 or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
Barb Burri (Barb@vspn.org); ext. 764 (New Hampshire)
Charlotte Waack (Charlotte@vspn.org); ext 193 (Illinois)
Chris Upchurch (Chris@vspn.org); ext 197 (Florida)
Debbie Bess (DBess@vspn.org); ext 178 (Nevada)
Nanette Walker Smith (Nanette@vspn.org); ext 187 (Colorado)
800.700.4636 | CEonVIN@vin.com | 530.756.4881 | Fax: 530.756.6035|
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
Copyright 2000, Veterinary Information Network, Inc.