Food for thought - intolerances, deficiencies, toxicities and trials
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Food for thought - intolerances, deficiencies, toxicities and trials

This free webinar is for vet nurses & techs who want to better understand how food relates to skin issues.

When: 26 March 2020
Where: Online
New Zealand
Contact: Paul Heasman

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About the course:

Dietary induced skin problems include food intolerances; primary and secondary nutrient deficiencies and nutrient toxicities. A full dietary history needs to be taken and owners should include specific commercial foods, all snacks and treats, supplements, chewable/palatable medications and vitamins, chew toys, human foods and any food that the animal may have access to. Actively encourage owners to keep a food diary, as with obese animals and diabetics. The classification and diagnosis of nutritional related skin disorders are initially based on a detailed dietary history and food evaluation. Veterinary nurses are in an ideal position to help owners make an accurate representation of what the pet consumes.

Learning outcomes:

  • Perform a nutritional assessment including dietary history
  • Be able to make a recommendation regarding diet within a food trial
  • Understand the importance of compliance in a diet trial
  • Look at the different diets that are available and what to do if clients don’t want to use a commercial diet
  • Look at the evidence behind what causes food allergies.


Nicola Ackerman PGDip RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition)

Nicola works as the Head Medical Nurse at Plymouth Veterinary Group. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare, the SQP Veterinary Nurse of the Year and the SQP Nutritional Advisor of the Year. Nicola is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

Suitable for:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Nurses

Price: Free

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