We have been running a science based Canine Nutrition course since 2011 so we have been working on it and refining it for a decade! In that short time, more and more valid evidence has become available on canine nutrition and our approaches to feeding dogs.
This is a growing and exciting area of research and our course will help you to apply that expanding knowledge to feeding individual dogs.
- How long?
- How much?
- What will I learn about?
- You get…
- Ethos & Transparency
Online Canine Nutrition Course Details:
When? This course starts on Monday 17th October, 2022.
As soon as we receive your full payment, you will be sent access to the course website and away you go!
Where? Anywhere, any time! This course is entirely online so you can participate when and where you like….from your sofa…in your PJs…
You will have access to all the course materials to download so you can work anywhere.
Who? This is a science and evidence based course; we do not endorse any particular approach to feeding dogs.
On this course you will learn more than nutrition; we spend a lot of time discussing evidence, critically analysing information, reading research papers, critiquing the science, all of which is applicable to other areas.
The quality of the evidence is our foundation, so we will not be elevating gurus and social media “nutrition experts” merely due to their profile or letters after their name.
If you are so attached to a feeding modality that you may find it difficult to consider other approaches, this may not be the course for you. And if you are looking for confirmation of your current understanding of canine nutrition, this course may cause you discomfort.
We don’t promote or condone any particular diet type or approach to feeding dogs and believe that different diet types can be designed to provide appropriate nutrition for individual dogs.
This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in really understanding how canine nutrition works, how best to look at what we know and apply that to individual dogs. You don’t need to have a science background and you will have plenty of time to digest (!) the information, with our full support.
It’s particularly suited to dog care pros such as veterinary personnel, pet retailers, training/behaviour pros and groomers. But if you have in-depth interest in science and nutrition, this might just be the course for you!
How long? This is a self-paced course and you will have access to the online course area for 7 months. Starting in October 2022, you will have continued access until the end of May 2023.
How much? This course costs €250
You can pay the entire fee or in installments via bank transfer or PayPal.
Course fees must be paid in full before you can access the online area. Please read the terms at application carefully before committing.
What will I learn about? There is some introductory work to go through and then course content is split into eight parts, with some wrapping-up to do at the end too.
It is the most in-depth component course we have ever developed and covers all sorts of topics directly and indirectly relating to canine nutrition.
- Evaluating evidence
Part 1 Canine Digestion
- Anatomy, physiology
- Anatomy & dietary needs
Part 2 Nutrients
- Everything is chemicals!
- “Functional Foods”
- Supplementation, antioxidants, microbiome & related
Part 3 Feeding Dogs
- Choosing diets
- Food safety
- Lifestage requirements
Part 4 Canine Diets
- Commercial Diets
- Alternative Diets, RMBD
- Human Diet Trends
Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviour
- Eating Behaviour
- Food in training
- Food related behaviours of concern
- Brain, behaviour & nutrition
- Microbiome & Behaviour
Part 6 Malnutrition
- Canine Overweight/Obesity Status
Part 7 Adverse Food Reactions
Part 8 Special Dietary Considerations
- PARNUTs & nutrition
Goals of this course
- to develop an understanding of the scientific and biochemical bases for nutrition including digestion and nutrients
- to appreciate, interpret and apply nutrition information from reliable and valid evidence based resources
- to communicate about canine nutrition objectively and without sensation
- to develop awareness of the wide range of canine diets and approaches to feeding domestic dogs, from an evidence based perspective
- to consider the relationships between nutrition and behaviour, and nutrition and wider health
- to apply your developing knowledge and understanding to special dietary contexts including malnutrition and dietary sensitivities
- 24/7 access to the course online area, from anywhere, for seven months
- multiple media learning resources for viewing and downloading
- about 200 mini-lectures (written presentations for reading) covering a wide array of nutrition and related topics presented in small-ish bites so that you can take time to process and analyse
- free access to our short course, Science & Studying Animals, to give you a foundation in understanding this evidence-based approach to learning more about animals
- comment facility at the online course area for participation, enquiries, interactions
- access to a private Facebook group for real-time feedback and guidance
- regular live online meetings scheduled to suit group participants
- ongoing online interaction with fellow-students and your tutor as we take this journey of discovery together
Submission of final assessment work is optional but you are encouraged to work through assessment and self-evaluation to support knowledge development and skill building.
As this is a self-paced course, the level of participation is up to you. There may be times when you are more available and other times when you have less availability. Obviously, to get the full benefit, we encourage the fullest possible participation.
After successfully submitting completed final assessment work, you will be awarded an AniEd certificate of achievement.
Ethos & Transparency
This topic is fraught with difficulties when it comes to discussion and application of evidence. You will have probably seen mere mentions of canine nutrition, especially on social media, descend into all sorts of faulty arguments and polarisation. That is definitely NOT what we will promote, facilitate or allow on this course.
Throughout all discussion, I will be there to guide you so that we can remain on track. We take an R+ (positive reinforcement) approach to learning and teaching, and all advice and guidance will be provided with this in mind. We must feel safe in our discussion so that we can create an environment conducive to learning for all to benefit.
We all have the same goal: to make sure we can maximise the health of our pets through careful feeding. Let’s stick together and learn together!
This course is not supported by or promoted by any feed manufacturer or industry member; we are not selling a book or a dogmatic agenda. AniEd does not sell or recommend specific feeds and we never have.
Anne Rogers will be your tutor on this course.
Anne has worked for a major international feed manufacturer (about 20 years ago) as a nutrition advisor and has worked in pet retail and in veterinary, selling and promoting a range of feeds, too (more than 20 years ago).
Her current dog, Decker (10.5 year old entire male AmStaff), is fed raw, home-cooked, wet (tinned) and dry food, sometimes all in the same day. Over his life, he has eaten a wide range of brands without loyalty to any one particularly.
We are only interested in doing the very best for our dogs. No matter what you have fed your dog before, or even currently, you are doing your very best for your dog. And no matter, your dog loves you for that.
Each one of our dogs eats a better diet than most of the humans on this planet.
Dogs are incredibly adaptive and most are able to survive on even poor quality feeds. We are, of course, aiming for more than survival, we want our dogs to thrive. But, let’s keep all this in mind, even when discussion becomes intense.
All of this is further discussed during the course.
This course is for those really really interested in nutrition; we will (hopefully) challenge your current understanding and knowledge, supporting you as your passion for study grows.
Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you pay. To help, you can download some course materials samples, selected from across course content, here:
From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:
- Download: EVERYTHING IS CHEMICALS!
From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:
- Download: FUNCTIONAL FOODS
From Part 2 Section 5 Probiotics, Prebiotics & the Microbiome:
- Download: FERMENTED FOODS
From Part 3 Section Making Choices
- Download: FOOD PREFERENCES IN DOGS
From Part 4 Commercial Diets: Safety & Quality Concerns
- Download: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PET FEED
From Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviour Section 1 Food related behaviours of concern
- Download: WHAT IS COPROPHAGIA?
- Download: WHY DO DOGS EAT POOP?
- Download: STUDYING COPROPHAGIA
- Download: IS COPROPHAGIA HARMFUL?
- Download: MODIFYING COPROPHAGIA
If you’re ready to go, we would love to have you!
Once payment has been received, you will be provided with course access. There are no refunds, whole or partial, available for course fees once you have accessed the online course area.