Saturday 19th September 2-5pm BST

Sunday 20th September 2-5pm BST


(Watch Later is available for 30 days)




This course was previously run at locations around the UK but will now be run as online only due to Covid 19. 


Who is this 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? No specific Required - this course is aimed at people with basic or no knowledge of canine dietary formulation. The second half of this course does involve the use of a spreadsheet. You do not have to be a pro, but some computer experience is helpful especially as this course is now run online rather than in person. 


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 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 – Dr 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.



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.


Canine Nutrition Online - Auditing and Formulation of Raw and Home-cooked Diets




    • The RAW Vet