The student who means to attend the course on Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics of Pet Animals must have the following knowledge as a prerequisite:
- Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals;
- Nutrition Physiology;
- Nutrition and Feeding of Pets;
- General biochemistry;
- General Zootechnics;
- General pathology;
- Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
Written and oral examination
The advanced course of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics of Pet Animals aims to provide specific knowledge for the training of the future veterinary practitioner in order to develop professional skills aimed at:
• the knowledge of the general principles of the nutritional status assessment and the relative clinical conditions for the adequate evaluation of the fifth vital assessment and metabolic profile;
• the correct Interpretation of changes in energy needs and of single nutrients in relation to the most common disorders of dogs, cats and horses;
• Identify the frame of effects from dietetic support of particular functional states in the case of systemic disorders of the dog, cat and horse.
• the knowledge of the pathologies of nutritional origin to take adequate dietary prescriptions.
• Properly assess nutrient interactions with medications prescribed in medical therapy
The following topics will be dealt with:
- Fundamentals of normal nutrition and pathology of nutrition in the dog, cat and horse ;
- Clinical fundamentals of dog, cat and horse nutrition in the case of some of the most common metabolic disorders
- Fundamentals of dietary support and clinical evaluation of the patient in the case of some common pathologies of the dog, cat and horse.
Encyclopedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition, Pibot P., Biourge V., Elliott D. 2008.
Encyclopedia of Canine Clinical Nutrition, Pibot P., Biourge V., Elliott D. 2008.
Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition, Geor R., Harris P., Coenen M., 2013.
Lectures and practical training in small groups
D1C. 1.6 The student will effectively work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of the service.
D1C. 1.10 The student will use their professional skills to contribute to the advancement of veterinary medicine knowledge the concept of One Health, to improve the welfare and health of animals, the quality of care provided and aspects of veterinary public health.
D1C 1.15 The student will be able to obtain an accurate clinical history relevant to the single animal as well as to groups of animals and environmental factors.
D1C 1.20 The student will be able to evaluate the health, nutritional and welfare status of a single animal as well as a group of animals.