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This course is for veterinarians only, it covers the principles of small animal nutrition, including prepared pet foods, alternative feeding approaches and homemade diets. The course provides the knowledge and skills to advise on the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as being able to assess in a broad way food or diet from a nutritional standpoint. Natural nutrition fills in the gap of knowledge from mainstream nutrition philosophy which focuses on prepared pet foods. A balanced viewpoint is taken, along with an evidence-based approach in the interests of animal health and wellbeing. This Certification course includes access to the Animal Diet Formulator while studying.

Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.

Communication and course materials

  • Modified online lectures
  • Forum participation
  • Animal Diet Formulator tutorial
  • Reading of journal articles and texts
  • Exploring web resources
  • Email support


Research assignments and dietary plans. RACE quizzes are provided for RACE hours.


  • 20 RACE Credits
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Dr Barbara Royal
Dr Natasha Lilly
Dr Barbara Fougere
Dr Susan Wynn
Dr Kelly Halls

Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Barbara Royal
Dr. Barbara Royal, is a Chicago-based integrative veterinarian, IVAS certified acupuncturist, author, and educator with extensive experience in veterinary care, including a zoo, marine, and wildlife animals, nutrition, acupuncture, emergency...
3 Webinars and 3 Courses
Since graduating from UC Davis with honors and a focus on Equine Medicine, Dr Lilly has continued her ongoing quest for options in health including certifications in acupuncture (IVAS 2010) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (Chi Institute 2012). She...
2 Courses
BSc BVMS (Hons) MODT BHSc (CMed) MHSc (Herb Med) Grad Dip Vet Acup Grad Dip VCHM Grad Dip VWHM CVA (IVAS) CVBM CVCP CMAVA
Dr Barbara Fougere is a 1986 graduate from Murdoch University Veterinary School Western Australia. She practices in Sydney Australia, exclusively in veterinary integrative medicine. She has served on the Australian Veterinary Association Policy...
18 Webinars and 11 Courses
DVM, DACVN, RH(AHG), CVA (certified veterinary acupuncturist) CVCH (certified veterinary Chinese herbalist)
Susan G. Wynn, DVM, DACVN is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship with Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC in 1988, a post-doctoral fellowship in viral...
2 Webinars and 5 Courses
BVSc (hons), CVNN
Dr Halls was born in Melbourne, Australia. She got her Veterinary Science degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 2002. She then went into mixed animal practice in for a few years, followed by two years as a locum...
1 Course

What will you Learn

  • Nutrition basics
  • Practical nutrition
  • Commercial pet foods
  • Alternative feeding practices
  • Home-made diets
  • Supplements and nutrigenomics
  • Detoxification and fasting
  • Weight control and obesity
  • Nutrition basics
  • Practical nutrition
  • Commercial pet foods
  • Alternative feeding practices
  • Home-made diets
  • Supplements and nutrigenomics
  • Detoxification and fasting
  • Weight control and obesity
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Certification Veterinary Natural Nutrition

Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.

You should have independent computer skills and be able to access the internet. 

Course Testimonials

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"My hope/expectations for this course were exceeded!! I was hoping to learn how to formulate diets, discuss nutrition with my clients confidently, learn the differences and pitfalls of all the diet options available to owners at this time. All these topics were covered extremely thoroughly! Thank you."

Dr Anja Hunter
United States of America

"The nutrition course was a valuable learning experience for me as a practicing veterinarian. It was remarkably thorough in its scope and provided detailed useful information (which has been my experience with all of my CIVT courses).  Different lecturers had different opinions and methods for diet recommendation which gave the student room to develop individual approaches.  I have become much more comfortable and knowledgeable when discussing nutrition with my clients. Thank you!"

Dr Leah Whipple
United States of America

The natural nutrition course offered by CIVT is wonderful.  I have been practicing for over 40 years, and I sure wish we had a course like this when I started out.  After taking the course I feel much more confident in my recommendations for home made diets and also my evaluations of commercial diets.  There were so many things that I believed about real food diets, but I didn’t have the data to back up those beliefs.  Now I do.
I appreciated that the course represented a wide variety of approaches from many different teachers.  I liked that I could do the course on my own time and at my own pace.  
The diet formulator software is invaluable and I loved learning how to use it.  It was fascinating to see the nutritional values change as I added and removed various ingredients. 
All in all, this course is an excellent resource and I wish they would teach more of this material in veterinary school.

Dr Pamela Bouchard
United States of America

"I've recently completed Certificate in Veterinary Natural Nutrition Course. It is my third course that I completed through the CIVT. I can only highly recommend any of the CIVT courses as they are in-depth, highly professional and of scientific backgrounds. There is a lot of friendly, encouraging and professional support from all the mentors and staff of CIVT.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Vet Natural Nutrition Course as it addressed nutrition from different angles, in depth, and was not afraid to touch on and discuss some of the controversies attached to natural feeding and natural diets. I've also kept the membership for the Animal Diet Formulator that we had access to during the course and have already seen many improvements in all sorts of chronic conditions by improving my patients diets.

All the best to anyone who signs up to this course or any other CIVT courses, you will enjoy it."

Dr Martina McPeace

"I have just finished the Certification in Veterinary Natural Nutrition course. I took it out of interest and because the knowledge I have gained can be used every day in my practice. The course is well structured and the teaching takes place at a high level. Tutors who help with assignments are encouraging, helpful and very skilled. Taking this course is highly recommended.😊"

Dr Katrine Zachariassen

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Is online study right for me?

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. Online or distance learning is not for everyone. Think carefully before you enroll. To succeed in online learning and distance education you will need:

  • A commitment to study and enquiry
  • To be capable of self directed learning with our guidance and support through your course
  • Motivation to pursue your course of study
  • Access to the internet and a printer
  • A good internet service that provides a good speed for downloads
  • An enthusiasm for engaging with your tutors and peers
  • The ability to work on your own or collaborate in a team
  • The capability of an independent level of written and spoken English
  • An appointment by phone may be requested prior to course commencement- we don't want you to start if we think we can't provide the right experience for you
  • If you are not sure contact us, we can help you gain a  full understanding of our courses before applying.

What you won't need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

All our courses are available to enrol at any time.  Our courses are part time, self paced within the course timeframe, and fully online.  Sometimes there is a scheduled start date for a course, in which we accept a group intake of enrolments. This encourages a cohort of students to move through the course together, making for a more interactive learning experience.

Although some courses have live sessions available, there are no live sessions that you are required to attend for any of our courses.  Our courses are delivered online and are self paced within the course timeframe, to give you the greatest flexibility with your study. You can study anywhere, anytime that suits you. We have great learning tools such as lectures, comprehensive course notes, videos, online resources, discussion forum and continuous support from our highly qualified and experienced tutors to help you can get the most out of your course.

Please refer to our enrolment terms and conditions when seeking extra time in a course, 

If you take a "leave of absence/deferral" from a course this freezes your progress in the course.  You will have no access to the course during this time.  A request for a leave of absence/deferral can be made for up to 3 months, initially.  Longer periods of time away from the course can be reviewed after this time.  If you want to use any course resources whilst you are taking your leave of absence/deferral you will need to download the material (such as documents, course notes, reading material) beforehand.  There is no fee to take a leave of absence/deferral, however your regular payment instalments for the course will continue.

If you request an "extension" for a course, you may be given extra time in a course and still have full access to the course.  An extension can be granted for up to, or equal to, the maximal period of study for that course.  There is a fee involved in applying for an extension, this varies according to the amount of extra time requested and is found on the link provided.


This depends on the type of course you enrol in.

Our introductory or short courses require approximately 3-5 hours per week.  Our Certifications and Graduate Diplomas require approximately 5-10 hours per week.  This will vary amongst individuals, depending on the pace in which they learn.  More time may be needed each week, depending on how long an individual needs to spend on completing assignments. 

If you are a registered Veterinarian, you are eligible to enrol in any of our courses, 

If you are a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse or Animal Health Professional you may be able to apply to enrol in selected courses for Veterinarians, however you will need to go through an eligibility process first. Otherwise, you can apply for our courses for Animal Health Professionals, 

If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, 


Earn your own CIVT certificate of completion

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. What you won’t need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

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