Qualification Number: 601/3049/0

Qualification Title: Certa Level 4 Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition; CertNut (RQF Level 4)


VNN1: Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition (RQF)


A course for qualified veterinary nurses wanting to further their knowledge and understanding of the importance of nutrition in canine and feline health and disease.


Certa RQF-Listed Regulated Qualification

Level 4, Credits: 18

Comparable in Level to the first year of a degree, but different in content and smaller in size. Click HERE for more information.



The Level 4 Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition (QRF) is intended for veterinarians and registered veterinary nurses working within clinical veterinary practice, or in the wider industry. Ultimately, successful completion of this course will further enable veterinary nurses to support the nutritional management of canine and feline patients in routine clinics, critical care and chronic disease, ensuring best practice principles for these patients.


What the student will learn:

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the Canine and Feline Digestive Tract

The anatomy and physiology of the canine and feline digestive tract. The biochemistry of digestion and the concepts of digestibility and palatability.


Unit 2: Essentials of Canine and Feline Nutrition and Canine and Feline Diet Types and Feeding Regimes

Nutrients and their role within the body. Canine and feline energy needs. The importance of a balanced diet.

The major types of diet and their key differences. Feeding behaviour and regimes. Pet food labelling and legislation.


Unit 3: Principles of Canine and Feline Lifestage Nutrition

Lifestage nutrition. Nutritional requirements during growth, for neutered animals, during reproduction and in the ageing process.


Unit 4: Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition: Major Body Systems and Critical Care and Principles of Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition

The nutritional needs of patients with a dysfunction of one of the major body systems. Nutritional support and management in the critical care of canine and feline patients.

The influence of nutrition on stress and anxiety in canine and feline patients. Nutritional management of obese patients. Nutritional management of patients with ongoing chronic diseases.New developments in clinical nutrition.


Bursaries are available for this course; please click here for further information.


Course Information

Authors and Tutors: COAPE

Course Type: Distance Learning.


Course Format: Each Unit of the course notes is e-mailed out to students as a separate e-Book.


We supply you with a specially designed ‘template’ on-line to assist you in writing your coursework using your own computer and preferred word processing software. Your coursework is submitted to your tutor via the internet, marked and returned back to you the same way.


Course Duration: Start in February and September of each year. The duration of the course is 9 months.


Abilities Required for This Course: Available only to Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Nurses.

Course fee: £594.00 + Registration Fee of £76.00 = £670.00

ALL fees shown include VAT (registration no. 187211800).