Weight Management Clinics

Course Overview

This one week, interactive and tutor-supported online workshop will assist you with the organisation, planning and running of successful weight clinics in your practice, and from your studies on the course you will be able to set up a clear and easy-to-follow practice plan incorporating the key components for a successful, professional weight management programme.

This will include clinic structure, staffing, pricing, dealing with difficult cases, essential equipment, effective communication to achieve client motivation, promoting the programme, and creating supporting materials.

Why must we be running weight management clinics?

Pet obesity is on the increase, and figures show that 45% of dogs and 40% of cats are considered to be overweight by vets (1), and over 60% of vets say that obesity is the biggest health and welfare concern for UK pets (2).

We know that as vet professionals it’s our responsibility to guide pet owners towards a healthier outcome through weight loss, and to maintain that lifestyle for their pet. We also know how difficult it can be to gain client interest and commitment to weight clinics, to achieve high compliance and customer satisfaction, and to reach target weights for pets and prevent relapse.

Many practices run a weight management programme as one of their core nurse-led clinics, but are we getting enough clients on board, and more importantly, are we helping clients to achieve successful and sustainable weight loss in their pets?

It is so important that we have a clear strategy for targeting and supporting clients of overweight pets, by providing a well-thought out and delivered weight clinics service. Let us help you to achieve that.

(1) Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association, 2014. Pet Obesity: Five Years On. [online, white paper]
(2) British Veterinary Association, 2016. Pet obesity epidemic is biggest welfare concern for vets. [online]

Course Syllabus

Topics covered during this workshop include:

Introductory topics

– Current experiences with weight clinics in your practice

– The pet obesity epidemic – whose responsibility is it?

Structure of clinics

– Who will run your weight management clinics

– Induction appointments

– Ongoing appointments and follow-ups

– Running group sessions for weight management

Creating the weight loss programme

– Basic nutrition and obesity

– Choosing the right diet

– Calculating food intake for optimum weight loss

– Dealing with non-‘standard’ diets

– Monitoring weight loss

New advances in communication to help you to get results

– Shared decision-making

– Motivational interviewing

Equipment for your weight management clinics – helping you find the best:

– Weighing scales

– Interactive feeders

– BCS charts and tape measures

– Pet weight management software

– Client information and handouts

The most common challenges with weight clinics (and what to do)

– Cost of diets

– Lack of ‘compliance’

– Compliance from family and friends

– Consistency amongst veterinary staff

– Pets obtaining food sources elsewhere

Case studies

– Sharing and discussion of participant cases

Creating revenue from weight management clinics

– Setting up a fee structure

– Creating revenue from other sources in your clinics

Promotion of weight management clinics

– In-house materials

– Practice talks

– Information video

– Use of social media

Creating in-house supporting materials

– Flyers and posters

– Weight monitoring handouts


– Getting the whole team on board with the clinics – from vets to reception staff

– Creating a practice plan for revamping your weight management clinics

Course Resources

Workshop resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Informative narrated lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Multiple supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your clinics
  • The option to produce practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 1 week (4 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online workshop

Tutor: Nicola Ackerman

Suitable for: Vet nurses, students and vets.

This workshop is suitable for those already running weight clinics and those wanting to improve existing clinics. Practice managers and partners who want to drive some new ideas into clinics will also benefit.



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Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and practicalities behind a successful weight management clinic programme

  • Appreciate the different tools we can call upon to achieve consistent client compliance

  • Know where to obtain and how to develop the tools to support weight clinics

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or online learning in general, or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Nicola Ackerman

Your Tutor

Nicola Ackerman

PGCert RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) A1 V1 C-SQP HonMBVNA

See what some of our past candidates have said…

“Fabulous course.  Covered all aspects of running weight clinics and given me loads of ideas for improving them and making them more professional and effective.  It was a good mix of taught information and thought-provoking discussion.”

Maria Murphy

“ONCORE On-line resources just get better and better. Excellent module tutor – Jill is a great tutor. I really enjoy her style of teaching as it embraces all of the students opinions and encourages students to be able to express their thoughts and experiences with confidence.”

Carolyn Turrall

I have come away with the knowledge from my peers that I’m doing a lot of good work and tons of suggestions for making them even better.

Maria Murphy