The level 5 ISCP Diploma in Canine Nutrition is for beginners, caretakers, and professionals who are working with dogs and who wish to understand more about dietary needs. It explores all of the many options that are available to you when it comes to choosing a diet that suits each individual dog that’s based on age, health, activity levels, and your lifestyle. With such a colossal range of products on the shelves it can be overwhelming when you’re deciding on the best food for your individual dog at each stage of his or her life.


A wide range of subjects are covered in detail, including anatomy and physiology, kibble to home cooked meals, and we explore the positives and negatives of each type of food currently on the market. The Raw Nutrition Diploma course text is also incorporated to provide all of the information you will need to confidently source, handle and formulate a diet consisting of raw meat and bones.


Students have 2 years in which to complete this course. This course will provide you with as much information as is available about canine nutrition. To date, the term Canine Nutritionist is not recognised in the UK by any professional bodies, but this diploma course will give you the knowledge and confidence to enter into discussions with clients and veterinary professionals about the individual dog’s needs.


Please note that the Canine Nutrition course also includes the Raw Feeding course, so if you wish to study both you will only need to enrol on this course.

ISCP Diploma in Canine Nutrition

Excluding VAT
  • Course contents

    Introduction About this course  
    Module 1 Our dog - Canis Lupus Familiaris  
    Module 2 The Digestive System and Gut Health  
    Module 3 Nutritional Requirements - what dogs need in order to thrive  
    Module 4 How dog food has changed over the years  
    Module 5 Dried foods  
    Module 6 Canned and wet foods  
    Module 7 Freeze Dried and Dehydrated  
    Module 8 Raw feeding  
    Module 9 Home cooking for your dog  
    Module 10 Vegetables, Berries, Grains and Seeds  
    Module 11 Vegetarian and Vegan diets  
    Module 12 Popular food supplements  

    Caroline Hearn, author and tutor of the nutrition courses

    Caroline qualified as a sports massage therapist in 1999 and then went on to qualify as an equine and canine massage therapist. Caroline's CV now spans a wide range of therapies for both human and animal patients. After running her own clinic for 11 years she began to specialise in canine clients, and it became apparent just how vital it was to approach any health or behavioral issue that a dog was struggling with, in a truly holistic way. This approach gained significant improvement and long term resolution when diet, exercise, home environment and adapting to a dog`s individual character was taken into account.

    The love of dogs combined with a mission to encourage better nutrition lead her to create the company Hedgerow Hounds, which makes a range of veterinary approved organic herbal blends. She went on to gain her nutritional diploma with a distinction from the Open College, and she regularly attends courses and workshops on canine nutrition, raw feeding and holistic healthcare. Caroline has written two courses on canine nutrition which, alongside her own studies and qualifications, incorporates knowledge taken from 30 years of owning her own dogs and feeding many different types of diet. Caroline also regularly writes articles for two of the leading canine natural health magazines.

    She lives in Bedfordshire with her rescue Labradors and two horses.

    Katie McCaul, contributor

    I qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 1998 and became Head Nurse in a 3 branch mixed practice. I very much enjoyed my role as an NVQ assessor teaching the trainee Vet nurses. My experience in practice was invaluable working in weight clinics, theatre and kennels.

    After leaving practice I was lucky enough to complete a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Physiology. This taught me about the evolutionary path our domesticated pets had been on and how innate behaviour and physiology are the key to happiness and health.

    Since university I have taught on the VN degree program, worked with Wiltshire Wildlife trust, and returned to practice part time.

    My recent role as research and development manager at a Pet Food Company over the last 6 years, has been an education into the pet food industry. Leading me to achieve a diploma in Naturopathy, use diet formulation software and run a research project. I deliver CPD to veterinary professionals and enjoy sharing my experience with owners to help improve diet and health of our dogs.

  • Refunds: There is an optional 14 day cooling off period during which you can ask for a refund on your course fee. However, as the course files are sent electronically, this means we would need to delay sending the course files until after the 14 day period is over. If you wish to take advantage of a cooling off period please send an email to our secretary at to inform her of your decision, immediately after purchasing. If you do not email the secretary we will assume that you have chosen to receive the files immediately and that you are happy to waive your right to a 14 day cooling off period and the option of a refund. Our secretary will send your files as soon as she receives your form if you have chosen to start the course immediately.