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Canine Nutrition

Canine Nutrition

Course content

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Unit 1  The Digestive System


Structure to function: the mouth, the oesophagus, muscle function, stomach, glandular epithelium, HCl, pancreas, structure of the intestine, surface area, villi, microvilli, liver, bile, large intestine, caecum, physical & chemical digestion.

Learning outcome:

Relate the structure of the dog’s digestive system to its function for the dog

Canine nutrition course

The dog is a carnivore but unlike the cat does not rely on animal-based protein for energy purposes. However, the domestic dog, due to thousands of years of domestication differs in what they can eat safely and how they should be fed. The subject of selective breeding for exaggerated characteristics is introduced because that can compromise nutritional health and welfare.


The course is set at level 3 with three units that approach nutrition for the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) through the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. There is a critical examination of the ingredients of commercial foods in unit 2 and the third unit looks into the basics of nutritional quantities.

The course is aimed at anyone caring for dogs whether they are in shelters, at home or in another professional capacity. The course will support CPD requirements for developing work work and career prospects.


There are three assignments (one for each unit) which are divided into levels of achievement so you have a choice as to whether to attempt more than the pass level.


The approximate learning hours for this course are 45. This figure does not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or, assignment work. 

Unit 2  Nutrients and Nutrition


The nutrient groups, water, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals, fibre; growth & repair; energy; cellular respiration; insulation; protection; essential nutrients: EAA, EFA

Learning outcome:

Identify the nutrients & their components within dog nutritional products and explain the function of each nutrient type

Unit 3

Energy: metabolisable, resting energy requirement,  maintenance energy requirement, energy losses from food consumed: energy in foods, water; working dogs; canine athletes; performance dogs: dietary supplements; homemade, raw diets.

Learning outcome

Identify and explain the importance of matching nutritional needs to the canine lifestyle

Course fee: £195.00

Instalments: these are made by standing order and can be tailored to individual requirements starting at around £19.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.


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