Full Title:Small Animal Clinical Nutrition
Module Code:ANMS S7011
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module addresses the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats in health as well as those suffering from various pathological conditions. It also addresses the role of nutrition in the prevention of disease.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Advise clients on appropriate feeding of healthy dogs and cats according to life stage.
  2. Create a template for a canine or feline weight management programme suitable for use in the veterinary clinic.
  3. Evaluate the suitability of common prescription diets for individual pets with commonly encountered pathological conditions.
  4. Advise clients on the role of nutrition in the prevention, management and treatment of commonly encountered pathological conditions.
  5. Discuss the principles of assisted feeding and critical care nutrition.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of constituents of a balanced diet.
Energy and non-energy producing nutrients.
Review of energy requirement calculations.
Essential and non-essential nutrients.
Mineral and vitamin deficiencies and toxicities.
Provision of balanced diet for each life stage of healthy dogs and cats.
Risk factors for canine and feline obesity.
Consequences of obesity.
Preventative strategies to avoid obesity.
Monitoring weight in dogs and cats.
Formulation and implementation of weight loss programmes for dogs and cats.
Role of diet in the prevention or treatment of a range of commonly diagnosed pathological conditions.
Indications and contraindications of diets.
Commercial and homemade dietary options.
Features required in diets for management of common diseases.
Selection of appropriate diets for individual patients.
Practical feeding of such diets.
Design of nursing clinics relevant to common requirements of veterinary practice e.g. geriatric, dental, osteoarthritis, diabetes mellitus.
Review of assisted feeding methods.
Calculation of energy and nutrient requirements of critically ill patients.
Selection, preparation and feeding of suitable diets for critically ill patients.
Assisted feeding techniques and patient monitoring.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Presentation Group presentation on a selected aspect of clinical nutrition 3,4 40.00 0 0 Week 26 0
Other Design of a weight management clinic template 2 10.00 0 0 Week 23 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading Recommended readings and resources 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Ackerman 2008, Companion Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Ackermann 2012, The Consulting Veterinary Nurse, Wiley Blackwell
  • Fascetti and Delaney 2012, Applied Veterinary Clinical Nutrition, Wiley Blackwell
  • Towell 2011, Practical Weight Management in Dogs and Cats, Wiley Blackwell
  • Agar 2001, Small Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Wortinger, A. and Burns, K. 2015, Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 2e Ed., Wiley-Blackwell
  • Aspinall 2011, The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2e Ed., Saunders Elsevier
  • Cooper et al. 2011, BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 5e Ed., BSAVA
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cannon and Forster-van Hijfte 2006, Feline Medicine: A Practical Guide for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Bassert, J. and Thomas, J. 2014, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8e Ed., Elsevier
  • Pibot et al. 2006, Encyclopaedia of Canine Clinical Nutrition, Royal Canin
  • Pibot et al. 2010, Encyclopaedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition, Royal Canin
  • Aldridge, P. and O'Dwyer, L. 2013, Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing, Wiley_Blackwell
  • Baines et al. 2012, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Surgical Principles, BSAVA
  • Lindley and Watson 2010, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Rehabilitation, Supportive and Palliative Care, BSAVA
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Veterinary Ireland Journal Various nursing articles
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 6 Mandatory