Course Closed

Effective October 6, 2016 this course is no longer available for enrollment.


Course Overview

This course was built through a collaborative effort between Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and VetMedTeam

Gastrointestinal problems are a primary reason for veterinary visits. Issues can vary from a mild loss of appetite to constipation, severe vomiting, and diarrhea. Some GI problems may resolve once the digestive system is rested, but more serious conditions can require aggressive care. Diet is an important factor to evaluate in order to help dogs and cats recover from GI distress.

This course provides team members with an overview of various health conditions, including its diagnosis, and is followed by detailed information on how specific nutrients can play a role in managing pets with a particular health condition. Valuable information about Purina Veterinary Diets Canine and Feline Formulas, treats and related products can be found throughout the course, to aid in condition management.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 2 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-14988.


Participation Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience.


Course Content

Nutrition For GI Cases reviews the factors involved in diarrhea, indiscretionary eating, parasites, gi tract sensitivity, and other presentations.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Nutrition For GI Cases will provide veterinary practice team members with an overview of nutritional support and dietary modifications that are important tools for managing GI disease. After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand canine and feline gastrointestinal diseases
  • Recognize clinical signs of canine and feline gastrointestinal diseases
  • Explain common physical and laboratory findings in dogs and cats with GI problems
  • Discuss the use of nutrition to help manage dogs and cats with GI disease
  • Recommend a nutritional plan for a cat or dog with a  GI condition


Course Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the examination with a score of 80% or better.
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.

Students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

...very easy to follow, easy to read & interesting

...I liked having the reasons for using different foods used int different conditions explained.

...I liked the clear, concise explanations of each case.

...I liked that there were several support materials available like the glossary, pictures and diagrams. I also found the descriptions of the different foods to be very helpful and informative.

...I liked The fact that I could stop and start on my own time was crucial. It's hard to be available for a 2 hour internet course after working all day and taking care of family

...I liked learning about the food because as a receptionist I am asked quite often about different foods and their purpose.

...I enjoyed the models of the dogs and cats to help explain the function of body systems/disease process.

...Clinical cases are a great example of how to use the purina products.

...Gaining more information about the various diets offered and insight into the indications for each were most beneficial. This course confirmed the importance of incorporating probiotics in treatment protocols.

...detailed explanation of the each ingredient and the indications of them.

...Review of gi disease processes.

...[I liked learning about] the differential between large bowel and small bowel symptoms. very useful!

...It was helpful learning about the different types of prescription food offered by Purina.

...[I enjoyed learning about] targeting signs with chronic diseases. Also learning to identify and link gastrointestinal conditions with priorities and allergies.

...I liked that it covered a wide range of case studies. Even though it was sponsored by Purina, it gave me relevant information that would be helpful in formulating a diet regardless of the brand.

...[I enjoyed learning about] the different aspects to an animal's bowel movement matching up with their physical problems.


Course Author

Patty DeLuca, DVM; Grace Long, DVM, MS, MBA; Roxanne Landon, MS 


Open Enrollment

This course is "on demand." Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.



Price: FREE