Let's face it ... most dog owners who feed a raw diet are doing it wrong ...
Raw diets aren't quite as easy to assemble as chat and social media groups claim. Most raw feeders make the same few mistakes ... and it's robbing their dogs of critical nutrients.
Properly constructed, the raw diet is the very best nutrition for dogs. But it's much more expensive and often time-consuming than commercial diets. Since you make such a large investment in raw food, you need to understand the dog's nutrient requirements and the potential pitfalls of the raw diet to protect your investment, not just in the diet but in your dog.
Raw feeding isn't a fad: it's here to stay. But just feeding raw isn't enough ... you need to know what foods to feed, how to avoid the imbalances many foods can cause, and how to make sure your dog gets enough vital minerals in the diet (hint: most dogs don't).
Raw feeding is based on giving the dog the diet his ancestors ate. But that diet is no longer available!
Modern farming practices have fundamentally changed the foods we feed our dogs. And if you ignore these changes, your raw diet will not only be incomplete, it can cause chronic inflammation and immune diseases in your dog. Isn't better health the reason you feed raw?
The raw diets most dogs are fed are:
In other words, a raw diet can be the best investment you can make in your dog. But you need to go the extra mile and make sure you don't make the common mistakes that will rob your dog of the benefits.
That's where DNM University comes in.
We'll break down the raw diet and give you the science behind raw nutrition. And best of all, we'll cut through all of the hype and myths and learn how to design a scientifically sound raw diet with the guidance of Marion Smart DVM PhD, one of North America's most respected nutrition experts.
You asked for a science-based raw food certification course and we delivered!
You can use the Raw Dog Nutrition Certification Course to train and certify your staff, you can use your certification to help you land a job that recognizes your investment in a certification that's both respected and ready to apply ... or best of all, you can use the course to give your own dog the healthiest and most nutritionally complete raw diet possible.
As a certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, you'll have the skills you need to help change the quality of nutrition - and the quality of life - of dogs everywhere.
More specifically, in this master class, you'll learn:
In short, Certified Raw Food Nutrition Specialists are able to fully analyze commercial raw diets and build complete diets from the ground up that are fully customized not just for the dog, but for the foods the diet is build on. The Raw Dog Food Nutrition Certification Course is the next best thing to feeding the whole, ancestral wild prey your dog was designed to eat.
The calculator is a huge database of all of the common raw foods. All you need to do it plug in the foods you want to feed and the calculator will give you all of your nutrient totals (and it will tell you if they meet AAFCO or NRC requirements). This tool is yours, as part of the Raw Dog Food Certification Course (but only for a limited time).
The Certification Course is 9 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.
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.
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 the best by learning from the BEST. Enroll and start now.
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.
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.
Retha Van Der Walt
I'm relatively new to raw feeding. I have been feeding my dog raw for 5 years now and last year I turned my passion into a small little business in South Africa. The course was well put together and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait for the advanced course. Dana Scott you did an amazing job. I feel I have gained so much reassurance and direction and my clients benefit from it all the time! Thank you so much.
I have finally finished my Cert in Raw Dog Food Nutrition & it feels great!
Awesome info, I highly recommend doing it.
Thank you Dana and team ... For the hours and hours of research and for pulling all this wonderful information together ... Also for being a network hub for many inspiring animal health professionals and sharing so much information on your website so freely.
Absolutely loving the Raw Feeding Course! It's very technical at times, but that's what I love... Keep the old brain free of cobwebs!!!
I'm grateful about the course content and all that was presented and taught. I know I will use this info to help others and to feed my own pets with more accuracy and knowledge.
Lisa Cote Rosamino
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have a total of 3 times to pass the exam. If after three tries you strike out, you'll be prompted to take the course over again. You won't have to pay for it again. But don't worry. This course is designed for success, not failure. Take good notes and you'll be just fine!
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.
Become the best by learning from the BEST. Enroll and start now.