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 Certificate in Canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition (VNN1) is exclusively for vets and registered vet nurses.


NOTE: if you are not in the veterinary profession, please see our CAN2 course.


Vet students and student nurses are not eligible. It has been structured to allow you as much flexibility as possible so that you can fit your studies around other family and work commitments. We run it twice a year, February and September, and the duration of each run is 9 months. It is Ofqual-Regulated at Level 4 with a credit value of 18 Credits and listed in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). As this is a Regulated course at Certificate level, it has the legitimate post-nominals of Cert CFVHNut

18 Credits equates to approximately 180 hours of study in total, divided into 4 Units, or ‘blocks’, of work that you need to complete over the 9 months to gain the Qualification. This equates to approximately 45 hours of study per Unit and you have 8 weeks to complete each Unit. Note that the 45 hours includes the reading of the course notes AND your background reading and writing up of the Workbook for each Unit. In short, on average, you should allow about 6 hours of study per week. This time may well be less depending on your current level of clinical knowledge.
The course is undertaken entirely as distance learning and workbook assessment of short, directed questions, there are no exams and no residential components that you must attend. Learners have full support from tutors online and email, telephone etc. if required. We have bother nurses in practice and those not working in practice on the course.



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.


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).