Advanced Canine Nutrition Certificate (Cert.ACN)

Tuition $999 cdn + applicable tax

The Advanced Canine Nutrition Certificate program, building on the prerequisite foundational Cert.CN program, is an in-depth exploration of more advanced topics in nutrients, obesity, behavior, and other topics related to this area of study. This program provides the solid knowledge necessary to understand the world of canine nutrition. This advanced coverage is designed to be more in-depth than other programs available and would be of interest to anyone wanting this level of knowledge in canine nutrition for personal interest or to advance your knowledge for a career in the field. While this program does not include coursework in consulting skills, professional ethics or business practices, it is comprehensive with regards to advanced topics in nutrition science. This program also provides you with the opportunity to tailor your education as you would like with the choice of up to six electives.

This program is based on written assignments. Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing in this program, exploring the various topics in depth. We recommend, but do not require, that students have a high school senior level science or biology course as preparation.

This program requires approximately 200 work-hours; 30 hours in actual assignment preparation.

The graduate would be awarded an Advanced Canine Nutrition Certificate (Cert.ACN).

Students should emerge from this program of study with a detailed understanding of:

  • Nutrients
  • Obesity
  • Terminology: RBW, RER, EER, BCS, TEF, AF
  • Morphometric measurements
  • Breed prevalence
  • Keeping records
  • Weight loss programs
  • Nutritional effects on behavior, protein levels, blood sugar, etc
  • Neurotransmitters and amino acids; tryptophan, serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, etc
  • Blood brain barrier
  • Fatty Acids
  • Omega 6 vs. Omega 3
  • Allergic skin reactions, atopy, food allergies, pruritis
  • Supplementation
  • Elimination diets
  • Canine athletes, endurance, sprint, physiology, glycogen storing and repletion
  • Feeding guidelines for performance dogs
  • TCA cycle
  • Specific nutrient requirements for common disease states
  • Risk factors associated with common disease states  
  • Plus, the learning objectives for the two electives

Program Package Includes:

  • Coursework document including assignments and handouts
  • Student Handbook

Courses (Scroll down for course details):

  • Canine Obesity 307
  • Nutrition and Canine Behavior 309
  • Nutrition and the Working Dog 311
  • Nutrients (Advanced) 312
  • Adverse Food Reactions & Skin and Coat Disorders 316

Electives (Please choose two (2) elective courses; Scroll down for details and inform your instructor of your choices when you are enrolled.):

  • Canine Cancer 318
  • Cardiovascular Disorders 320
  • Orthopedic Disorders 321
  • Kidney Disorders 322
  • Gastrointestinal and Metabolism Disorders 324
  • Endocrine Disorders 323

Tuition:

The tuition is identified at the top of this page with the payment button. Tuition is in Canadian funds (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. They may be purchased through http://www.dogwise.comhttp://www.amazon.comhttp://www.abebooks.com or http://www.half.com in most cases. Also check the Student Library. Canadian Residents pay applicable HST.

Prerequisite / Entrance Requirements:

Entrance into this program requires that you have completed a high school diploma program (exceptions can be made) and that you be at least 18 years of age. We recommend, but do not require, that students have a high school senior level science or biology course as preparation.

Canine Nutrition Certificate program

Schedule:

This program is self-paced within an 18 month time limit.


Canine Obesity - 307

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course is an in-depth examination of obesity in dogs. It explores the different types of obesity, its causes and some of the ways in which veterinarians determine obesity. It also explores the use of food records and discusses the importance of family participation in weight reduction programs. This course also explains the calculations used to determine caloric requirements for a successful weight loss program and why it is important to prevent obesity in puppies and juveniles.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • Tips for encouraging safe weight loss
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Risk factors
  • Breed propensity
  • Caloric requirements for weight loss and maintenance
  • Roles of the veterinarian
  • Methods of weight loss
  • Supplements for obesity
  • Causes of obesity
  • Understanding the difference between RBW and BCS
  • Defining obesity

Required Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)


Nutrition and Canine Behavior - 309

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course discusses how nutrition can affect behavior. From different types of feeding behavior to the influences on neurotransmitters, nutrition can play important role in behavior. It also explores the behavioral signs related to allergic responses and the influences of low blood sugar. Although medical issues are addressed, this course does not instruct in the diagnosis or treatment of medical disorders or diseases.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • How diet can influence aggressive behavior
  • Allergic reactions
  • Amino acids and neurotransmitters
  • How neurotransmitters influence behavior
  • Blood-brain barrier
  • How diet can influence neurotransmitters

Recommended Reading:

  • DeNapoli, J. S., Dodman, Nicholas H., Shuster, Louis, Rand, William, Gross, Kathy. (2000). Effects of dietary protein content and tryptophan supplementation on dominance aggression, territorial aggression, and hyperactivity in dogs. Journal of the American Medical Association, 217(4), 504-508. Click here for info.
  • Dodman, N. H., Reisner, I., Shuster, L., Rand, W., Luescher, U. A., Robinson, I., and Houpt, K. A. (1996). Effects of dietary protein content on behavior in dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 208(3), 376-379. Click here for info.

Required Resources:

Course notes provided.


Nutrition and the Working Dog - 311

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course discusses the different requirements for various types of canine athletes. It explores the different types of exercise and how the body uses nutrients to fuel those exercises. This course explores how nutrition can affect performance as well as the requirements of an athlete’s food. It also discusses glycogen and its importance to exercise and performance.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • Feeding plans for different athletes
  • Food requirements and digestibility
  • The function of glycogen
  • Antioxidants - function and sources
  • How nutrients affect performance
  • Nutritional requirements for different types of athletes
  • Endurance vs. sprinting type exercises

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)


Nutrients (Advanced) - 312

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course takes a more in-depth look at macro- and micro-nutrients. It discusses the roles of certain vitamins, the differences in some minerals, and the various types of cholesterol. It also explores the different types of amino acids and how energy is produced via the TCA cycle.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • Energy systems of the body
  • Water
  • TCA cycle
  • Fats
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)

Adverse Food Reactions & Skin and Coat Disorders - 316

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:


This course discusses the varied types of adverse food reactions as well as skin and coat disorders. Part One explores ingredients that may cause reactions and ingredients that may help prevent reactions. Material also includes breed propensity, elimination diets, and risk factors for adverse food reactions. Part Two explores nutritional requirements to keep the skin and coat healthy, risk factors for nutritionally related disorders, and fatty acids.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • Omega fatty acids
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Skin and coat health
  • Elimination diets
  • Food ingredients
  • Risk factors
  • Breed propensity
  • Different types of reactions

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)

Available Electives


Canine Cancer - 318

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course examines the phases of canine cancer as well as energy requirements, supplements, and nutritional guidelines. It also discusses cancer cell metabolism and how this affects the dog's health status. This elective looks at chemotherapy and how it affects gastrointestinal function and food intake. It also explores the controversial use of antioxidants and other supplements

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • nutritional status
  • nutrient requirements
  • enteral feeding
  • Zheng Qi
  • chemotherapy
  • cachexia
  • causes of deceased food intake
  • carbohydrates
  • alterations in nutrient metabolism
  • use of antioxidants
  • supplements

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)

Cardiovascular Disorders - 320

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course explores cardiovascular disorders. It examines some of the common causes of cardiac problems as well as how these disorders are classified or staged. Information includes risk factors, definitions, and complicating conditions associated with cardiac disorders. It also covers minerals, vitamins, water, and other nutrients that are particularly  of importance. There is also discussion of foods that should be avoided and those that are acceptable considering the nutritional protocol for heart-related conditions. The course also explains the acronym ACT with SPEED and briefly touches on some of the herbal supplements that worth investigating. 

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • nutritional status
  • risk factors
  • breed associations
  • foods to avoid
  • foods that are acceptable
  • cachexia/anorexia
  • vitamin and mineral requirements
  • carnitine
  • fatty acids
  • taurine
  • various other supplements

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)

Orthopedic Disorders - 321

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This is a two part course that explores orthopedic disorders. Part one examines developmental disease and the disorders that fall under the umbrella of this category. It also looks at risk factors and ways to decrease the likely hood of developmental disorders. This part also explores the importance of certain vitamins and minerals to growing puppies. Part two takes a look at osteoarthritis. This part explores the signs and risk factors of osteoarthritis and how supplements can help ease the discomfort of the disorder.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • hip dysplasia
  • osteochondrosis
  • elbow dysplasia
  • risk factors
  • Calcium : Phosphorus ratio
  • vitamin and mineral requirements
  • osteoarthritis
  • fatty acids
  • glucosamine/chondroitin
  • various other supplements

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.) 
  • Course notes are also included.

Kidney Disorders - 322

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course consists of five parts that explores a variety of kidney disorders. Part one examines chronic kidney disease. It includes a look at the definition of CKD, risk factors, causes, nutrient requirements, and when nutritional management should be initiated, among other information. Part two is an introduction to urolithiasis. It includes definitions, risk factors, and history taking. Part three examines purine urolithiasis and includes information on Dalmatians, as well as risk factors and other recommendations. Part four explores calcium oxalate urolithiasis. This part looks at risk factors, foods to be avoided, goals of nutritional management, as well as additional information. Part five deals with canine struvite urolithiasis. This last part explores predisposing factors, bacterial infections, and nutrient recommendations.

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • nutritional status
  • risk factors
  • breed associations
  • foods to avoid
  • nutrient requirements
  • Various other supplements
  • theory concerning fermentable fiber
  • myths concerning oxalates and struvite uroliths
  • role of phytates

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.)
  • Course notes provided

Endocrine Disorders - 323

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course consists of two parts that explores two of the most common endocrine disorders. Part one examines Diabetes Mellitus. It includes a look at the definition of diabetes, risk factors, causes, nutrient requirements, and nutritional management. Part two explores hypothyroidism. It includes the two primary forms of hypothyroidism as well as other issues that are associated with hypothyroidism. Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas: 

  • nutritional status
  • risk factors
  • breed associations
  • foods to avoid
  • nutrient requirements
  • various other supplements
  • benefits of fiber
  • IDDM
  • importance of exercise and diabetes
  • feeding schedules
  • Lymphocytic thyroiditis
  • Idiopathic atrophy of the thyroid

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.) 
  • Course notes are also included.

Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Disorders - 324

Instructor: Susan Dillon, Dip.NS., Dip. C.N., Dip.ACBS., Dip.CFNA.

Course Description:

This course consists of four parts that explores a variety of gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders. Part one examines exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and acute/chronic pancreatitis. It includes a look at the definition of EPI, risk factors, causes, nutrient requirements, and  nutritional management. Part two is an introduction to hepatobiliary disease. It includes liver functions, goals of nutritional management, and support. Part three examines small intestinal disorders and looks at gastritis, causes of diarrhea, SIBO, gastroenteritis, enteritis, IBD, protein-losing enteropathies and the nutritional management of each. Part four explores large intestinal disorders. This part looks at goals for nutritional support, foods to use for chronic colitis, IBS, fiber, and flatulence. 

Students should emerge from this course with able to analyze and discuss the following topic areas:

  • risk factors
  • breed associations
  • foods to use and avoid for specific conditions
  • nutrient requirements
  • EPI
  • IBS
  • IBD
  • liver function
  • causes of and dealing with diarrhea
  • gastritis and gastroenteritis
  • PLE
  • SIBO
  • goals of nutritional support
  • causes and dealing with flatulence

Course Resources:

  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition by Hand. (Enrolled students are eligible for a significant discount that comes to approximately $50 on this book through the Mark Morris Institute. Students can request a discount code from their instructor for this.) 
  • Course notes are also included.


Note: This program is not vocational. That means that the program does not provides education in all areas required to qualify someone to begin functioning as a professional in the field with only the education provided in the program. The programs are comprehensive, in-depth, and well rounded with regards to the science of fitness and nutrition itself but the program does not include courses in professional activities such as consulting skills, professional ethics, design of service agreements and liability waivers etc. Students wishing to prepare themselves for professional activities ought to pursue these other topics. The programs are intended for personal interest or professional development.

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