Saturday 2nd May 9.30am - 4.30pm



HydroPaws , Lancashire, LA2 6EQ


Who is thisl for?

Anyone with a keen interest in canine nutrition and would like to learn how to formulate home-made diets using nutritional profiles.

  • Pet owners
  • Veterinary professionals
  • Other Pet Professionals.


Prior Knowledge? None Required - this course is aimed at people with basic or no knowledge of canine dietary formulation.


Course Summary:

Fresh feeding can have many potential benefits for our pets, but it can be difficult to be sure that all the nutrients they need are included. This is especially true of pets with allergies or intolerances who can only eat a limited number of ingredients. This day-long seminar and workshop will help you to understand the basics of canine nutrition down to the nutrient level and will teach you how to formulate accurately balanced raw and homecooked meals using nutritional knowledge and an easy to use spreadsheet (you will need to bring your laptop).

Places are limited to ensure everyone is able to interact during the second session (workshop).


Speaker – Me – Charlotte Gray MA VetMB MRCVS

A veterinarian with a passion for canine nutrition and for integrating the science of nutrition with natural/fresh feeding (raw and home-cooked).



  • 6 hours of learning (Can be counted as 6 hours CPD for pet professionals)
  • Download of Nutritional Calculation Spreadsheet (we will be using this in the workshop)
  • Seminar and Workshop booklet to refer back to.
  • Lunch (vegetarian and vegan options can be arranged)
  • Coffee/Tea



First Session (Morning)

  • Types of fresh feeding - Models of raw feeding including BARF, Ratio diets and Prey Model. Reliable and unreliable sources of information, how to assess information for yourself
  • Raw/Fresh Food products and companies - Checks to make, questions to ask.
  • The science and evidence behind the risks and benefits of raw/fresh feeding
  • Current measures of 'completeness' and their adequacy and relevance to fresh feeding.
  • Barebones veterinary nutrition - bioavailability, digestibility, macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, mineral ratios, fatty acids and basic nutrient interactions.


Second session - Afternoon

  • Using nutritional spreadsheets or software to audit and formulate homemade (raw or cooked) diets using FEDIAF or NRC nutritional recommended allowances. Feel free to use this time to try auditing or formulating for your own dog!
    • Ingredients to start with
    • Calculating Calorie and Metabolic Energy Requirements for the individual
    • Using software to add a recipe to the PDD software
    • Common nutritional inadequacies in homemade diets and how to correct them
    • When are whole foods are not enough? - Supplements - which to use and when to utilise them.


  • Please note – the second session is run in a workshop format that requires a laptop or other device with a copy of RFN spreadsheet downloaded in google drive. This spreadsheet is $20 and it is YOUR responsibility to purchase and download this in advance if you want to participate fully in the workshop session fully.


  • Support to set up the spreadsheet is provided by the RFN Spreadsheet creator and it is highly recommended that you do this BEFORE the date of the seminar.


  • You are welcome to attend without the RFN spreadsheet, but please be aware that much of the afternoon workshop is centred around it. This spreadsheet was not designed by me and other options are available, but it is a great starter spreadsheet as it is both simple and cheap so I use it in all workshops currently.


Price - £65


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