Why you will benefit from this course

This course will assist you with the organisation, planning and ongoing delivery of a successful weight management programme in your practice, and from your studies on the course you will be able to set up a clear and easy-to-follow practice plan incorporating the key components for a successful, professional programme.
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What will you learn?

Course content includes an exploration of clinic structure, staffing, nutrition and specific diets for weight loss, pricing, dealing with difficult cases, essential equipment, effective communication to achieve client motivation, promoting the programme, and creating supporting materials.
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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and welcome

  • 2

    Module one - Basic principles

    • Module one content

    • The role of the profession

    • What's the issue?

    • Resource - PFMA Report

    • Module one quiz

  • 3

    Module two - Structure of a weight management programme

    • Module two content

    • Ideas for structuring a weight management programme

    • Exercise - staff considerations

    • Exercise - appointment protocols

    • Module two quiz

  • 4

    Module three - Diet and nutrition for weight management

    • Module three content

    • Basic nutrition principles

    • Module three - nutrition quiz

    • Body Condition Scoring

    • Exercise - update BCS charts

    • Exercise - practise your body condition-scoring

    • Resource - the knuckle test

    • Module three - BCS quiz

    • Nutrition - feline specifics

    • Module three - feline specifics quiz

    • Diet specifics

    • Exercise - review diets

    • Module three - diet specifics quiz

  • 5

    Module four - Communication and client support

    • Module four content

    • Communication basics

    • The VNCCM outline (graphic)

    • The VNCCM - outline (detail)

    • Module four quiz

  • 6

    Module five - Equipment for weight management clinics

    • Module five content

    • Equipment essentials

    • Exercise - review equipment

    • Exercise - review feeding toys and puzzles

  • 7

    Module six - The common challenges with weight management clinics

    • Module six content

    • Challenges with weight management clinics

    • Module six quiz

  • 8

    Module seven - Ensuring sustainability of the weight management programme

    • Module seven content

    • Sustainability

    • Exercise - costings for a clinic

    • Module seven quiz

  • 9

    Module eight - Promotion and marketing

    • Module eight content

    • Promotion

    • Example flyer

    • Module eight quiz

  • 10

    Module nine - In-house supporting materials

    • Module nine content

    • Supporting literature

    • Exercise - clinical protocol

    • Example monitoring handout

    • Example monitoring handout - rabbit

    • Resource - Hills treat translator

    • Module nine quiz

  • 11

    Module ten - teamwork

    • Module ten content

    • Creating a team approach

    • Exercise - create practice plan

    • Module ten quiz

  • 12

    Reflection on your learning

    • Your reflection

  • 13

    Thank you

    • Thank you

Enrol on this course

Course fee: £75. This includes 12 months' access to the course content and quizzes.


Nicola Lakeman

Nicola Lakeman MSc BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) Nicola works as the Nutrition Manager for IVC Evidensia. Nicola graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Nicola is one of the Consultant Editors for The Veterinary Nurse. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare, the SQP Veterinary Nurse of the Year and the SQP Nutritional Advisor of the Year. Nicola has recently gained her Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

Jill Macdonald

Jill has been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years, has worked in primary care small animal practice as a head nurse, and developed a passion for the wide variety of clinical, business, training and professional aspects that a career in veterinary nursing has to offer. She completed a project at the University of Liverpool to setup, deliver and tutor online modules for the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP), and was involved in the teaching and development of the professional and communication skills aspect of the undergraduate curriculum. Jill has taught veterinary communication and professionals skills in a variety of settings and led a research project, working with team of panellists, to develop the Veterinary Nurse-Client Communication Matrix – a tool to assist with the teaching and practical application of communication skills for veterinary nurses. Jill has a passion for advancing the role of the veterinary nurse and also works for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as project lead for the VN Futures project.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the principles and practicalities behind setting up and managing successful weight management programmes

  • Appreciate the different tools we can call upon to achieve client motivation and adherence to treatment plans

  • Consider where to obtain and how to develop the tools to deliver and support a weight management programme


  • Can I sign up and start straight away?

    Yes! Once you have purchased the course, you will be able to get started on the course as soon as you wish.

  • Do I have to complete the course within a certain time?

    You will have 12 months access to the course, so you will have plenty of time to complete it.

  • Is assessment included?

    Yes. Our courses offer interim quizzes to check your knowledge, and to enable you to be awarded your certificate of completion.

  • Are any of the resources downloadable?

    Yes - we provide a selection of resources on each course that you can download and take away.

  • Do I need to be good with computers?

    No, we don't think so. The learning platform we use offers straightforward course structure and access, so you are led from one section to the next and can see where you are up to.

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