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Fall 2021

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VET212 - Veterinary Nutrition

Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Identifies the six basic nutrients and their functions, explains how to understand pet food labels, and explores applications of nutrition and calculation of energy requirements for wellness, life stages and disease management in dogs and cats. Pragmatic tools for improving technician-client communications will be provided including a discussion of the technician’s role in client-education, and in conducting veterinary nutritional assessments. The course is conducted via an asynchronous, interactive web-based format, and includes unit self-assessment quizzes, graded exams, discussion boards and homework. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain the function of the six common nutrients.
2. Calculate energy needs of the dog and cat.
3. Identify the major minerals and vitamins and describe their physiologic role.
4. Describe health consequences of nutrient deficiency and excess.
5. Discuss the role of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in establishing standard nutrient profiles.
6. Explain pet food label information and regulations.
7. Differentiate nutrient profiles for animals in various life stages.
8. Summarize the physiologic and pathologic basis for the recommendation of therapeutic pet foods for various conditions (allergic, cardiovascular, cancer, canine cognitive dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, periodontal, feline hyperthyroidism, skeletal, gastrointestinal, renal, lower urinary tract disease, hepatic and acute and critical care conditions).
9. Describe the role of the veterinary technician in client education, nutritional assessment and counseling for nutrition recommendations in the small animal practice.


Effective Term: Fall 2019