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Do you need a better dietary answer to chronic allergies because you are not finding relief or overall health using "hypoallergenic" foods or novel proteins? When a client brings you a recipe they found for their pet's urinary tract condition, do you feel you can't properly evaluate its therapeutic value? Do you wonder about the confusing ingredients in commercially available therapeutic diets and are hoping for better options? Are you interested in finding appropriate recipes for animals with liver disease, cancer or seizures but there are too many options? Are you finding weight loss a difficult and frustrating subject, and weight loss foods concerningly low in nutrition? As you discuss the effects of protein on pets with kidney disease, do you want current research and clinical nutrition data to make sense of the many food options? Do you already know that food is medicine, but you just need to understand the interaction of ingredients as a nutrient based pharmacy to treat conditions you commonly see? Let us help guide you to the answers to these and many other small animal therapeutic nutrition questions.
The Certification in Veterinary Integrative Therapeutic Nutrition is a four-module course for the small animal practitioner and each module takes approximately three months of part-time study to complete. The whole course is undertaken over 12 months. While you will be required to formulate and evaluate recipes and diets using small animal cases during this course, you will not need a large number of diverse cases for treatment (suitable for locums, part-time veterinarians).
This course was originally developed by Barbara Fougere, DVM, Barbara Royal,DVM, Susan Wynn, DVM, DACVN and Natasha Lilly, DVM. Their background combines experience in clinical work and cases, pet food industry collaborations, nutrition software development, study, research and literature publications, authorship and pioneering work in nutrition, international university affiliations and professorships and worldwide leadership in progressive and effective therapeutic veterinary nutrition. Integrative therapeutic nutrition takes a comprehensive approach to our veterinary nutrition/supplement/nutraceutical/husbandry options. The course will provide a bridge between conventional veterinary commercial food options, supplements and pharmaceuticals, and fresh food nutrition options, and will assess both commercially available and individual recipe options for health conditions. With a clinically relevant approach to the effect of food on health from the microscopic to macroscopic, we will incorporate current research, species specific metabolic information, and a growing database of clinical successes to describe best practices in an integrative nutritional prescription.
Taught and supported by a team of tutors and additional experts in their fields, this course will develop your competence and confidence to safely and effectively integrate small animal therapeutic nutrition for each of the topics into your practice. Relevant data on nutrients and practices for each medical condition will be evaluated and discussed.
The course will provide an appropriate individual home-made therapeutic recipe for dogs and cats for each disease/condition. Based on their examination and assessment of the patient, the small animal practitioner may decide to use these recipes as is, or as a template to further develop appropriate individualized recipes for patients. These recipes are not for commercial use.
Research assignments and dietary plans.
On completion of this program veterinarians will have the knowledge and skills necessary to:
Nutritional aspects of diseases relating to the following systems:
Nutritional aspects of diseases relating to the following systems:
You should have independent computer skills and be able to access the internet.
Below are the required course(s) that you need to complete
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:
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, https://civtedu.org/enrolment-terms-and-conditions
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, https://civtedu.org/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, https://civtedu.org/courses/animal-health-professionals
If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, https://civtedu.org/courses/pet-owners
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.