Specialist Course & Certification

Become a Certified Specialist in Advanced Canine Nutrition


... And Discover The New, Hidden Link Between Nutrition, Immunity, Cancer And Health.

What You'll Learn

The Food Journey - A Tale Of Digestion

As an Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist, you'll understand the journey food takes through your dog's body. That means  you'll know which foods directly impact your dog's health and how much protein, fats and carbohydrates you dog needs to thrive. There'll be no more middle man telling you what you dog needs in his food because you'll already know! 

8 Ways Food Is Linked To Disease and Allergies

So much of what we feed dogs today causes inflammation and damage, leaving lasting effects. it's the reason dog owners end up paying mucho $$$$ at the vet, over and over again just trying to get to the bottom of their dogs "allergy symptoms". As an Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist you'll know exactly how foods interact with your dog's body and how it can lead to chronic illness. 

Build A Better Dog Today And For Generations To Come

You're feeding your dog for life and to thrive, not just to survive. Think of it on a cellular level where nutrients are used to produce energy, from critical membranes, drive metabolic processes and create changes in your dog that run so deep, they can be passed on for generations.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine (Not Only Thy Fuel)

You'll be able to get started, quickly and safely, on your path to healing dogs with food. Use food as a tool to help build immunity on a higher level. Lastly, confidently make the small changes to your dog's diet that yield the biggest health benefits. 

$395

About Your Instructor

Meg Smart DVM PhD

Meg Smart DVM PhD received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College and her PhD at University of Saskatchewan. In 1984, with her thesis completed, she returned to her faculty position where she taught Veterinary Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Large Animal Medicine.

Dana Scott Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine

Dana Scott is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine. Dana has worked with the top people in the pet industry and that, coupled with her education and experience, gives her a unique perspective on pet food nutrition and health care.

Some Of Our Satisfied Customers ...

After You Complete This Course, You'll Understand Canine Nutrition At The Advanced, Cellular Level. You'll FINALLY See How Diet Can Increase Or Decrease The Risk Of Cancer, Immune Disease, Organ Disease and Chronic Inflammation.

Good Health Comes From Good Nutrition ...

Have you ever wondered what your dog's body does with the food he eats?

How food is converted to energy? And how nutrients can drive all the essential processes that are critical to life and health?

This is where nutrition and health converge.

As an Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist, you'll understand the journey food takes through the dog's body. From protein, fat and carbohydrate, to cell membranes, immune modulators and even DNA modulators ... you'll get an intimate look at how your dog lives and thrives, inside and out. 

You'll also learn about the middleman between your dog's diet and his health ...

FACT: You Don't Just Feed Your Dog. You Feed His Gut Too.

(And The Gut Controls Your Dog's Immune System And Health.)

Bacteria are the oldest living inhabitants on earth. They live around in your dog. your dog's cells are outnumbered 10:1 by bacteria and other tiny guests living in his gut. 

Bacteria have adapted to live symbiotically with your dog. They produce helpful byproducts that help control inflammation and cancer, modulate the immune system and even talk directly to your dog's brain. 

These bacteria are so important that combined, they're the largest organ in your dog's body. 

But some bacteria can produce toxic byproducts that will cause chronic inflammation and immune distress. The foods you feed your dog determine which bacteria thrive ...  your dog's health will suffer if you feed the harmful bacteria the foods they crave.

An advanced understanding of nutrition starts with how nutrition can change the balance of the dog's gut microbes ... and how your dog's food can change the balance of his hormones, immune cells, brain chemicals and more. 

And it ends at the cellular level where nutrients are used to produce energy, form critical membranes, drive metabolic processes and create changes in your dog that run so deep, they can be passed on for generations.

What You'll Learn In This Course


  • How nutrition impacts the risk of cancer.
  • The delicate relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system.
  • How nutrition can drive inflammation (and how inflammation can drive cancer).
  • A deep understanding of the immune system and its link to diet.
  • A deep dive into nutrition at the cellular level.
  • How nutrition can change your dog's DNA.
  • The key role vitamins and cofactors play in the body.
  • The role different fats and starches play in gut health.
  • How allergies are linked to diet and gut health.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine!

Are you ready to change your dog's risk of cancer, allergies, diabetes, immune and organ disease with the power of food?

Then it's time to get certified ...

Your Dogs Naturally University certification means you'll be ready to confidently make the small changes to your dog's diet that yield the biggest health benefits ... and you'll be equipped to stay current in your education by critically analyzing new research for decades to come. 

The Advanced Canine Nutrition certification and badge are your way of showing you are committed not just to raw food, but food as medicine ... and they'll show others you've learned from one of the most trusted sources in natural dog care.

We built this course to get you started, quickly and safely, on your path to healing dogs with food.

Course Description And Details


In this 7 hour course you'll learn everything you need to know about Advanced Canine Nutrition. Discover everything from how foods are broken down and used at the cellular level to how they impact the immune system and genetic code.

Introduction

Start Here


Introduction To The Course 

Module 1

Life As A Chemical


Lesson 1: How Life Began

Lesson 2: Traits, Genotype & Phenotype

Lesson 3: Introduction To Life

Lesson 4: Chemistry

Lesson 5: Organic Chemistry

Module 2

Cells And Cell Function


Lesson 1: The Cell Membrane

Lesson 2: The Cytoplasm

Lesson 3: Water & Fluids

Lesson 4: Passive Transport

Lesson 5: Active Transport

Lesson 6: The Cell's Life Cycle

Lesson 7: Tissues

Module 3

Digestion & Metabolism


Lesson 1: The Digestive Organs

Lesson 2: Macronutrients & Micronutrients

Lesson 3: Digestion

Lesson 4: Metabolism

Lesson 5: Metabolic Pathways

Module 4

The Immune System


Lesson 1: The Innate Immune System

Lesson 2: The Adaptive Immune System

Lesson 3: Humoral & Cell Mediated Immunity

Lesson 4: The Immune System Organs

Lesson 5: The Intestinal Immune System

Module 5

Nutrition In Health


Lesson 1: Dysbiosis

Lesson 2: Diet And The Microbiome

Lesson 3: Phytochemicals

Lesson 4: Fats And The Microbiome

Lesson 5: Food Allergies And Sensitivities

Lesson 6: Nutrition & Epigenetics

Lesson 7: Nutrigenomics (And Cancer)

Lesson 8: Inflammation And Cancer

Module 6

Nutrition & Research


Lesson 1: Research Methods

Lesson 2: Validation of Research

Lesson 3: The Science Of Nutrition

What You'll Get:

When you enroll today, you'll receive instant access to:

  • Advanced Canine Nutrition Course
  • 6 Core Modules
  • 33 Video Lessons
  • 6 Quizzes

Upon successful completion of the course and final exam, you will also receive:

  • A badge designating you as a Certified Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist that can be hosted on your website, email signature and Linkedin profile
  • A beautiful printed certificate, suitable for framing
  • Status and recognition as a Certified Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist 

Course Details:

Tuition: Course + Certification

Price: $395

Level: Intermediate
Setting: Online/Virtual
Course Length: 7 Hours 23 Minutes
Expected Completion Time: 14- 30 Days

Getting Certified Is Easy!


There Are Only 3 Simple Steps ...

Step 1: Take The Course


The Certification Course is 5 hours of video training and contains downloadable handouts and exercises. Most classes can be completed in a weekend if you're working on them full-time, but 7 to 14 days is the recommended time to complete the course.

Step 2: Pass The Test


Once you complete the course, you'll be able to sit for the final exam (which is taken online). The exam isn't tricky, but you'll need a passing grade of 75% to get certified and you can take the test up to three times. If you don't receive a passing grade after the third attempt, you'll be required to go back through the course again. The exam should take from 30 to 60 minutes to complete and consists of 75 multiple choice questions.

Step 3: Get Your Certificate And Badge


Upon successful completion of the course and exam, you'll receive a personalized badge and certificate. Your badge works with Mozilla's Open Badges Project, so it can be displayed in places that matter, including your website, email signature or LinkedIn profile. Plus you'll receive a full color certificate that's suitable for framing so you can display your achievement.

Become An Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist Today!

Become the Best by learning from the BEST. Enroll and start today.

Course Provider

Meg Smart DVM PhD


Meg Smart DVM PhD received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Canada, in 1968; she earned her PhD in trace mineral metabolism and the effect of water quality in beef cattle at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1984, ten thousand liver biopsies later, and with her thesis completed, she returned to her faculty position.

Dr Smart is co-author (with Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM and Michael Fox DVM PhD) of the book Not Fit For A Dog: The Truth About Manufactured Cat And Dog Food. She appeared as a nutrition expert in the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation documentary Pet Food A Dog’s Breakfast.

Online, Dr. Smart can be found blogging at The Amazing Goat Blog, and Pet Nutrition by Smart. She has given nutrition workshops and rounds by invitation on the Veterinary Information Network.

She has taught Veterinary Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Large Animal Medicine, with each path she took always leading her back to nutrition and its critical role in wellness. Her teaching philosophy is to make the students think critically about Nutrition and to encourage them to make informed decisions about Nutrition, whether investigating conventional or alternative options.

Course Presenter

Dana Scott - Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine


Dana Scott earned her honors degree in Exercise Physiology and her minor in Animal Behavior from McMaster and Brock University.

Dana is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine and is a sought-after speaker and author.

Dana breeds and shows Labrador Retrievers under the Fallriver prefix and all of her dogs are specialty winners that have been naturally reared since the 1990s.

In her time with Dogs Naturally Magazine, Dana has been privileged to work with the top people in the pet industry and that experience, coupled with her education and experience raising multiple naturally reared dogs, gives her a unique perspective on pet food nutrition and health care. 

Should You Get Certified?


It's not for everyone, but the Canine Herbalism Specialist Certification is for ...

Business Owners

Your staff and sales reps should be DNM University certified so they can give more value to your customers and help grow your client base and trust.

Breeders/Rescues

Help pets in your care get off to the best possible start by giving adopters valuable tools and recipes to manage common issues at home without drugs.

Vet Techs

If you're a vet tech or you want to be a vet tech - you can trust DNM University certification to deliver advanced concepts you can use to help your patients choose safe and natural options.

Bloggers

You're in a position to reach thousands of pet owners - so why not invest in advanced industry and nutrition education so you can build a large, engaged audience that will love your high quality blog content.

Pet Owners

You can feel good knowing you've gone the extra mile to understand the foods and medicines that go into your pet and learn how to manage common health issues at home, without drugs.

Students/Start Ups

If you're looking to land a great job or start your own business in a fun, in-demand field, you'll earn the skills and certifications you need to ace your interview or attract customers looking for certified partners they can trust.

Choose The Plan That's Right For You ...

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How Will The Certifications Help Me?

DNM University certification will benefit many people.

They’re great for vet techs who want a tangible way to show they have specialization in natural animal health and nutrition; they’re great for students who are looking for more specialized skills to help them stand out from the competition; they’re great for retail pet stores and pet food companies to make sure their employees are up to speed on the best practices for natural modalities; and people who want to work as pet health coaches can benefit from knowing the course content is 100% holistic and provided by qualified people who are active in the industry. DNM University certification can help attract more clients and higher-paying clients.

And it’s also extremely useful for breeders and rescue workers and even individual dog owners who don’t necessarily want the certification, but want an organized, thoroughly vetted and usable source of actionable practices that will keep their dog or cat in the best health possible and help them to be prepared for when illness strikes.

Why Should I choose DNM University Courses Over Other Certifications??

The value of DNM University certification courses lies in the content. There are other certification courses available but we had so many requests for certification courses that were DNM approved - so you can be confident the DNM University courses contain a 100% natural approach and will be written by the industry’s top experts.

The value of DNM University certification courses lies in the content. There are other certification courses available but we had so many requests for certification courses that were DNM approved - so you can be confident the DNM University courses contain a 100% natural approach and will be written by the industry’s top experts.

Do I Need To Travel?

The DNM University courses are designed so you can take them at home. All you need is an internet connection and a computer or device. All course modules and exams are online.

How Long Does It Take To Complete A Course?

We’ve divided the courses into smaller segments so you can cover as much content as you have time for each session. And this shortens the time commitment for each individual course. Most courses contain 6 to 10 hours of video instruction, so you could complete it in a weekend if you do it full time. But it’s best to put the course into practice as you go through it, so we recommend 3 to 14 days to complete the course.

How Hard Is The Exam

You’re required to get 75% or more on the final exam. This is made up of 75 multiple choice questions. DNM University courses set you up for success. Each module will contain a quiz that you must pass before you move to the next one. This makes sure you don’t just complete the course, but that you understand the content and can put it into action when you’ve finished.

Become A Certified

Advanced Canine Nutrition Specialist


... And Learn How You Can Change Nutrition To Change Health.