RACE-Approved Program 20-940312

Professional Canine
Nutrition Certification

This course helps you learn why and how to feed real food and guide others on their fresh food journey.

  • Designed for veterinary professionals
  • 7 units, 60 articles, 7 quizzes, 1 final
  • 2 hrs interactive Dog Food Workshop
  • RACE-approved for 10 CEs
  • CPCN title and directory listing
  • Certificate & digital badge
  • Lifetime access with active FRI Membership
  • 1-year default access, includes updates
  • Browser access on desktop

Real Dog Food Workshop

$49 Free

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Learn how to feed your dog Real Food

Become a Certified Professional Canine Nutritionist (CPCN)™

Master the skills of feeding dogs species-appropriate diets to prevent nutrient-related diseases and increase overall health, well-being, and longevity.

  • Learn about the benefits of feeding REAL food to dogs.
  • Learn the truth about commercial diets and how they can contribute to canine disease
  • 7 units with 60 separate articles that cover topics ranging from basic nutrition to creating fresh whole food meals that balance over time.

Veterinarians have expressed two main concerns with their clients feeding fresh food to their dogs, bacterial contamination and nutritional imbalances. The Feed Real Institute Professional Canine Nutrition course addresses these issues specifically throughout the course.

The course aims to ease the mind and reduce the concerns of veterinary professionals as they encounter clients that have chosen to feed their dogs whole food or fresh diets. If the veterinary team is well-versed in the concepts of fresh feeding, they can have constructive conversations with their clients rather than trying to discourage them from fresh feeding. Encouraging clients to take the Real Dog Nutrition course for dog parents will strengthen the bond between the veterinary team and the dog parent as they proceed through the fresh feeding journey together.

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"Achieving that perfect balance between providing sufficient academic background and adequate practical information is challenging, but these courses excel at it! They provide both the rationale and the research for choosing to feed real food. "

Carol Falck

Top 3 Reasons you should take this course:

  • Your clients are transitioning to a fresh diet. As their veterinarian you need to be prepared to guide them through their fresh food journey, including following baseline clinical markers through annual exams and comprehensive bloodwork.
  • Dogs in your care frequently
    • Are overweight or obese
    • Have poor oral health
    • Have itchy or yeasty paws and skin
    • Have soft stools and diarrhea
    • Have gas and really large stinky poops
  • You are an experienced fresh feeder but want to take a deeper dive into complex nutritional topics.

Real Dog Food Workshop

$49 Free

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Professional Nutrition Certification Course includes topics such as:

The components of fresh food: muscle meat (protein), fresh meaty bones (calcium), seafood (fats), fiber, liver/other secreting organs.
How to balance essential fats (Omega-3s and Omega-6s)
Why and how to meet AAFCO and NRC standards while feeding a fresh diet
How to put your fresh dog food bowl together, including supplements and whole food alternatives
How to combat the main two concerns about fresh feeding: bacteria, and nutritional imbalances
The truth about carbohydrates and protein for the aging dog
Supplements & Alternatives
Overall costs of fresh feeding
Monitoring for nutrient imbalances, clinical signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and clinical health markers to follow closely.
Interactions between vitamins, minerals, and medications
Debunking myths such as fresh feeding can cause aggression in dogs and that all bones are bad for dogs!

Real Dog Food Workshop

$49 Free

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The hands-on DIY Real Dog virtual workshop is a mandatory component of the professional course. Sourcing the meal ingredients and compiling 7 days of meals for your dog helps cement the concepts of fresh feeding.

Although the Professional Canine Nutrition course is designed for the veterinary profession, others that would benefit from the course include dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters, and any dog lover interested in canine nutrition.

CPCN Nutritionists

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Lisa Mayer

Certified Professional Canine Nutritionist and Certified H...

Cert. Date: 02/09/2024
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Jolene Seville

Jolene is a CPCN focused on holistic health & wellness as ...

Cert. Date: 04/15/2023
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Kay Stewart, RVT, CPCN

Researcher, writer, and veterinary outreach coordinator fo...

Cert. Date: 12/26/2022
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Ruby Balaram

Director of the Feed Real Institute

Cert. Date: 09/24/2022

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What you’ll learn

Unit 1: Understanding the Dog
Unit 2: Essential Nutrients
Unit 3: Feeding Standards
Unit 4: Feeding Fresh Food Basics
Unit 5: Getting Started and Transitioning to Real Food
Unit 6: Following Up After the Transition to Real Food
Unit 7: Common Myths and Misconceptions About Fresh Food
Final Exam for Certification

Frequently asked questions