High-quality non-commercial clinical nutrition taught by expert faculty
The Mark Morris Institute University Teaching Program in companion animal clinical nutrition offers current, non-commercial nutrition learning activities at no cost to the hosting school. We offer a series of lectures, case-based discussions, practical exercises (laboratories)s and video presentations which can be combined to create a customized clinical nutrition course – elective or required - for your institution.
Our faculty consists of experienced, clinically proficient experts in small animal clinical nutrition and/or internal medicine. The majority of our faculty are qualified to use the title Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist™.
In addition to course-oriented learning activities, MMI university visits may include attending clinical rounds, individual clinical case consultations, consultation on the design/evaluation of the nutritional components of research protocols, and suggestions for the nutritional components of veterinary curricula.
The Mark Morris Institute is pleased to offer these courses and services free of charge to Colleges and Schools of Veterinary Medicine, subject to certain requirements.
The Mark Morris Institute is pleased to offer our services free of charge to Colleges and Schools of Veterinary Medicine, subject to certain requirements. To make our collaboration with your school as productive and positive as possible, we require that:
If you'd like to design a course tailor made for you, please contact us.
We look forward to working with you!
Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry
Contact Mark Morris Institute for additional details about our ability to custom build presentations in this area to fit your curricular needs
General Clinical Nutrition Topics
Application of Evidence Based Medicine to the Nutritional Management of Dogs and Cats
The art and science of clinical nutrition including determining nutritional requirements, body condition scoring, food dosage calculations, how to choose and select a food
Homemade and Commercial Pet Foods
Overview of the pet food industry and commercial foods including nutrient calculations and nutritional comparisons
Regulatory, nutritional and labeling requirements for pet food
Self-guided laboratory experience which provides an opportunity for examination of pet food, pet food labels, treats, and nutritional supplements and to practice food dosage calculations and label comparisons. This lab consists of 13 stations covering basic as well as some clinical nutrition (stations can be included or left out to fit time and course needs).
Discussion of homecooked and raw pet foods
Feeding Healthy Pets
Feeding dogs and cats for health maintenance and peak performance. Feeding recommendations for growth, gestation, lactation, adult maintenance, old age and physical exertion (sprint and endurance). Incorporation of nutrition within a preventative health program. Pet food dosage calculations for nutritional counseling.
Influence of nutrition on peak performance
A number of case-based discussions are available to explore feeding pets of various lifestages. Each case typically takes around 1 hour of class time to complete and discuss. Cases may be completed in groups or individually.
Self-guided laboratory experience which provides an opportunity for examination of pet food, pet food labels, treats, and nutritional supplements and to practice food dosage calculations and label comparisons. This lab consists of 13 stations covering basic as well as some clinical nutrition (stations can be included or left out to fit time and course needs)
We can also present reviews on the major nutrients including their biochemistry, requirements of dogs and cats, and practical aspects of these nutrients as they relate to feeding pets
Nutritional Management of Disease (for Veterinary Students)
Our disease-focused presentations address the pathophysiology, dietary management as adjunctive or primary therapy and key nutritional factors for each disease state.
We also offer a selection of video presentations to enhance the discussions above.
In addition, case-based learning activities are available for the following topics:
Clinical Nutrition Elective Courses
Mark Morris Institute offers a 1-2 credit-hour elective course in small animal clinical nutrition for a minimum of 10 junior or senior veterinary students. Such courses need to be compressed into a one-to-two week window if taught onsite and typically include 20-80 contact hours and can include a combination of the following modalities:
Our clinical nutrition elective courses are suitable for house officers as well as general practitioners and we can offer RACE certified CE-credit if desired. Face-to-face interactions can be combined with web-based instruction if preferred or most feasible for scheduling.
Please contact us to discuss elective courses in more detail.
Web-Based Clinical Nutrition Courses
Mark Morris Institute now offers live, interactive (synchronous) 1-2 credit courses in basic and clinical nutrition for veterinary students. The courses are taught online using Citrix® GoToMeeting® web-conferencing platform. The host school needs to provide a classroom with internet and phone access and IT Support. Please contact us for further details.
We can also provide 1-2 hour seminars for faculty and house-officers. These presentations can be scheduled in conjunction with veterinary student course offerings while one of our faculty is onsite at your institution.
Board preparation sessions for residents sitting for ACVIM qualifying or certification exams can also be arranged.