When: Saturday 14th March 9.30am-4.30pm

Where: PinPoint Veterinary Care, Cob Barn, Holwell Farm, Cranborne BH21 5QP

Who is this useful for: Anyone with a keen interest in canine nutrition including pet owners, Veterinary professionals and other pet professionals.

Prior Knowledge? None Required.


(Workshop portion is in 'google sheets' so some knowledge of excel can be helpful, but is not required)


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 the 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.


This venue is beautiful but cosy so places are strictly limited to 14 - Please book early to avoid disappointment.



Download of Nutritional Calculation Spreadsheet (we will be using this in the workshop)

Guide booklet

Lunch (provided by local caterer)

Coffee, Tea, Biscuits

Counts as 6 hours CPD for any attending veterinary professional.


We highly recommend that you bring your own laptop with you to enable full participation in the workshop afternoon section. Whilst google sheets will work on a tablet, setup on them is complicated so I would advise against using them in the workshop if at all possible. 


We will provide software download link prior to the event and recommend you download before attending if using your own device. The spreadsheet download can be run on any PC or Mac but you will need to sign up for a gmail account to use 'Google Sheets'. 


Morning Seminar:


  • 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.


Afternoon Workshop:

  • 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. 
  • Maintaining good relationships between vets and raw/fresh feeding clients.


Price - £79



Please visit Pinpoint Veterinary Care's Website for further directions to the venue.



Canine Nutrition West - Auditing and Formulating Raw and Homecooked diets




    • The RAW Vet