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New Weight Management Academy launched

ROYAL CANIN® has launched its very own Weight Management Academy – a unique suite of services to help support the management of cat and dog obesity across the UK and Ireland.

The Academy provides vets, RVNs and receptionists with a wide range of quality materials designed to further their knowledge of obesity as a disease, support the running of weight clinics and ultimately help reduce the number of overweight cats and dogs in practice.

Bringing together new and already successful weight management services, the Academy includes an online course designed to improve the management of obesity in practice. Weight Management Online is an interactive course providing eight hours of CPD, with additional support from ROYAL CANIN’s dedicated Weight Management Team via an online forum.

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The course features six modules: Obesity is a disease; Body Condition Scoring; Feeding for weight loss diets; Communicating the positives of weight loss; Running a weight loss clinic; and Success is a team effort.

Each module contains additional downloadable reading material and/or learning tools, as well as knowledge-based questions. Courses will run from 11th September to 1st October 2017 and 13th November to 3rd December, with three weeks given to complete the six modules.

Louise Brennan, a Weight Management Specialist at ROYAL CANIN, said: “The prevalence of pet obesity is increasing in the UK, with at least 59 percent of all dogs and 39 percent of all cats overweight or obese. As Weight Management Specialists, we have recognised the need to provide further education to help veterinary staff understand the seriousness of the disease and how to communicate this to owners.

“Our new Weight Management Academy combines our many years of research into understanding obesity in cats and dogs to deliver a series of unique training tools that are flexible to meet practices’ needs, enabling us to share ground-breaking science with the veterinary community and help tackle the disease in practice.”

For more information on any of the support services within the Weight Management Academy and to register on the Weight Management Online course, please contact your ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Business Manager.

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