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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    About the course

    You are what you eat - and that goes for animals too. They may prefer to gorge on treats rather than get the good stuff down them. You may love chocolate. But it’s poisonous for dogs. Our course shows you what’s great and what’s not good for animals to eat. Tuck in to this course now for the good of your pet - it’s all about food, glorious food!

    How digestion differs for different animals

    What’s right for a dog is wrong for a cat. Our course covers the diets of different animals and their needs from dogs to terrapins. It’s our task to make sure our pets eat the right nutrients to keep them healthy, fit and strong.

    First, you'll start to understand different food groups, types of diets and the importance of reading and understanding food labels by reading the small print. In that way you'll know what they're eating and whether the food contains everything they need. We'll take a look at carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

    Learn what each group likes to eat and how their digestion differs between the groups.

    Nutritional needs when they’re young, adult and senior

    What to feed pets changes during each stage of their life. Lively puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs to a healthy senior animal or pregnant animals.

    Find out about their feeding habits, what to feed your pet to keep them healthy and how often they should be fed. You'll also get tips on how to cope with faddy eaters.

    What to do if your pet puts on too much weight

    We’re all tempted to binge eat at times. Or sit on the sofa and order pizza. Our animals have similar instincts to our own.

    Dogs will happily binge on cheese. Cats love fried chicken. But too much of a tasty thing isn’t good for them.

    In this course, you'll know what to do if your pet has a weight problem and, conversely, ways to encourage weight gain if need be.

    Food and ill health or allergies

    When your pet is sick or is diagnosed with a long-term condition, they could need a special diet to help build them up. You'll get to know about any allergies or intolerance to certain foods and hypoallergenic diets.

    You'll know how to spot any renal problems or gastrointestinal upsets.

    You’ll know which are the good foods to get inside them to keep them as strong as possible.

    What's best - homemade food, raw food or bought pet food?

    This is always an interesting talking point for pet guardians and pet care business owners.

    So, what is the best pet food? Are top-brand pet foods better than the supermarket brands? Are homemade meals best for your pets? How about a diet based on RMB - raw meaty bones?

    We all want to do what’s best for our animals, especially when it comes to what they eat. Our course opens up all the options, so you can make an informed choice about their diet.

    You may also need to switch their diet because of illness or follow a veterinary-approved diet or feed prescription food. Don’t worry.

    We’ve got this covered for you too. Our course will give you plenty of food for thought about pet food and nutrition. Find out what to feed pets in our Pet Nutrition online course now.

    What you will learn

    What do cats eat? What do dogs eat? What are the dietary needs of all carnivores, herbivores and omnivores? Find out in our online course! Understand nutritional aspects such as:

    • different food groups
    • different types of food
    • decoding the small print on food labelling

    Know how much to feed your pet and getting the balance right of different food groups.

    Understand the different dietary requirements of all animals at all stages of their life from a baby to a senior adult.

    Making sure the diet feeds their lifestyle by knowing what to feed an active animal or a pregnant mum.

    Should animals have a set mealtime or eat when they wish? Avoiding fussy eaters Weight gain and weight loss - how to deal with either Food and ill-health, allergens or food intolerance Foods to improve renal, liver, heart, dental, and urinary disease.

    Benefits and disadvantages of different diets such as homemade food, supermarket food, prescription diets.

    How to feed various animals including rodents, reptiles, birds and fish for optimum health


    Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Food Glorious Food
    • 1.1 Different food groups and how they help animals
    • 1.2 Types of diet and food formulations
    • 1.3 Reading food labels to know what you are feeding pets
    Module 2: Types Of Digestion
    • 2.1 How herbivores differ from carnivores
    • 2.2 Carnivores and their digestion
    • 2.3 What do omnivores like to eat
    Module 3: Cradle To Grave Feeding
    • 3.1 Nutritional needs of puppies and kittens
    • 3.2 Food for healthy adults
    • 3.3 The needs for a healthy senior animal
    • 3.4 Finding the right foods for pregnant animals
    • 3.5 Correct way to feed dogs
    • 3.6 Feeding habits of cats
    • 3.7 Ad lib feeding vs mealtimes -which is right?
    • 3.8 How often to feed for healthy animals
    • 3.9 Tips on avoiding faddy eaters
    Module 4: The Weighty Matter Of Weight
    • 4.1 The importance of a healthy waistline
    • 4.2 Does your pet have a weight problem?
    • 4.3 Honey I shrunk the dog
    • 4.4 A special mention about cats and diabetes
    • 4.5 Right ways to encourage weight gain
    Module 5: Food And Ill Health
    • 5.1 Dealing with dietary allergies and intolerance
    • 5.2 Hypoallergenic diets
    • 5.3 What to do about cats and urinary blockages
    • 5.4 Spotting and coping with renal problems
    • 5.5 Symptoms and treatments for gastrointestinal upsets
    • 5.6 When an animal develops pancreatitis
    • 5.7 Food and dental disease
    • 5.8 Good food for cancer, brain ageing, and liver disease
    Module 6: Pet Food: Opening Pandora’s Box
    • 6.1 Pro’s and con’s of homemade diets
    • 6.2 RMB - is raw the right choice?
    • 6.3 Are supermarket foods good?
    • 6.4 Is it better to invest in premium pet foods?
    • 6.5 Why and when you need veterinary-approved foods
    • 6.6 Changing diets to avoid upsets
    Module 7: Rabbits And Guinea Pigs
    • 7.1 Myths and mistakes surrounding these pets
    • 7.2 Healthy eating for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
    • 7.3 Coping with eating-related issues
    Module 8: Mice, Rats, Gerbils, And Hamsters
    • 8.1 Dietary needs of mice and rats
    • 8.2 What gerbils should need
    • 8.3 Food for healthy hamsters
    Module 9: Birds
    • 9.1 Requirements of cage birds
    • 9.2 Picking nutrients for poultry
    • 9.3 Feeding birds of prey
    • 9.4 What to give to parrots
    Module 10: Fish
    • 10.1 Dietary needs of freshwater fish
    • 10.2 Marine fish food
    • 10.3 Saltwater fish requirements
    Module 11: Reptiles
    • 11.1 Getting tortoises to eat
    • 11.2 What terrapins and turtles need
    • 11.3 Menus for lizards
    • 11.4 How to feed snakes


    Who is this course for

    • Everyone who keeps any type of pet needs to understand their dietary needs so they can provide the best possible care for them
    • People who work or volunteer with animals who would like to know what each animal should eat to stay healthy
    • Anyone looking for jobs with animals will greatly benefit from understanding their nutritional needs and adding an accredited certificate course to their resume
    • This is also a great resource for people who wish to own animals and who want to understand more about them

    How will it help me

    • Expand your horizons and knowledge while gaining a better understanding of animals
    • Become better at reading animals’ body language so you know how to react to them
    • Provide a better service for clients through your confidence when interacting with pets  

    Career path

    • Surrogate carers, animal trainers, pet sitters and anyone who works or volunteers with animals can learn better techniques for controlling and looking after them

    • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals

    • Certification will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a dream job with animals

    • We've proudly trained thousands of dog lovers and pet parents from around the globe. Will you become the next addition to our community? Do it for you and for your pets! They'll thank you for it


    Certification details

    • Holly and Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses
    • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students our commitment to high standards of online education
    • We are also a recognized member of the CPD Certification Service
    • Our CPD accredited courses will count towards your CPD hour records. Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CE), individuals show their commitment to gain new skills to contribute to their personal and professional development, improve their job prospects, enhance and evolve in their career
    • At the end of each module there is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage
    • The modules are easy to understand and, therefore, easy to remember
    • You can revisit the material for a refresher if you want to look something up
    • Once the course is completed, all modules saved and exams passed you'll get a pdf certificate
    • You will be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate
    • The courses are designed to be easy to use without the need to download material
    • Should you need any assistance, we have a help centre available in your student area 24/7 or you can contact our awesome Customer Support team during the working hours