Nutrition of the young dog and cat (for nurses)
Nutrition is the fifth vital assessment when dealing with patients, it is vital to get this correct throughout the animal’s life in order to maintain a good quality of life, prevent nutrition related diseases and increase longevity. There is a myriad of nutritional complications that can occur differing between the species and breeds, with varying nutritional requirements needed dependent on the signalment of the animal. The importance of nutrition has a large impact on the animals life and one of our roles as nurses is to educate our clients on the best diets for their pet, therefore it is important to know not just what is the preferred diet but what can go wrong if the diet supplied has inadequate nutritional value for that animal. Studies have shown that feeding the correct diet can increase QOL and longevity for the patient therefore reducing medication requirements; consequently it is important to get this correct from the beginning. This webinar will discuss the nutritional requirements of healthy dogs and cats from birth, growth until adult maintenance.
Recording from 10.01.2018
Shoned Hawksworth Dip AVN (small animal) Dip CVN RVN Cert IV (QVN) Cert VNES (exotics) Cert Nut QCF (nutrition) Cert IV TAE MBVNA
I have been a Veterinary nurse for over 15 years, working in a range of clinics from referral hospitals to emergencies and sole charge. Having a keen interest in nutrition, I completed my canine and feline certificate in nutrition in 2016, with one of my main roles being teaching students in all areas of Veterinary Nursing and especially on the best nutritional care for not just healthy but also sick animals in hospital. For the last 10 years I have been involved with training student Veterinary nurses and have recently moved into teaching full time, nutrition is an area that I feel is often overlooked, with many people not understanding the importance and how it can dramatically affect their pets and patients life. I am passionate about patient care, utilizing this alongside my experience and knowledge to pass this on to students to help them improve their nutritional care within their clinic and to their clients.