Veterinary Weight Management Programmes

Why you will benefit from this course

This course will assist you with the organisation, planning and ongoing delivery of a successful weight management programme 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 programme.

What will you learn?

Course content includes an exploration of clinic structure, staffing, nutrition and specific diets for weight loss, pricing, dealing with difficult cases, essential equipment, effective communication to achieve client motivation, promoting the programme, and creating supporting materials.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable learners to:

  • Understand the principles and practicalities behind setting up and managing successful weight management programmes
  • Appreciate the different tools we can call upon to achieve client motivation and adherence to treatment plans
  • Consider where to obtain and how to develop the tools to deliver and support a weight management programme
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An overview of the key topics that will be covered during the on-demand course, that will enable you to brush up and expand your knowledge

Basic principles

  • Whose responsibility is pet obesity?
  • One Health impact
  • Professional responsibility
  • Human/pet owner responsibility
  • Obesity and disease conditions
  • Benefits of running a weight management programme

Structure of a weight management programme

  • Deciding which staff will assist with the clinics
  • How the clinics will fit within your practice consultation structure
  • Induction appointments, ongoing appointments and follow-ups
  • Running client group sessions for weight management

Diet and nutrition for weight management

  • Basic nutrition principles
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Different types of diet available
  • Behavioural considerations
  • Different feeding methods
  • Feline specifics

Communication and client support

  • Consultation communication
  • How to build trust with your clients
  • Shared decision-making
  • Creating client motivation to aid with adherence to the programme

Equipment for weight management clinics

  • The equipment you will need for your clinics
  • Items of equipment you may not have thought of

The common challenges with weight management clinics

  • Exploration of the common challenges you may encounter
  • The things you can do to reduce or ameliorate these challenges

Ensuring sustainability of weight management clinics

  • Staffing and room space
  • Setting up a fee structure for the programme
  • Considering how we can develop a service-based structure to practice

Promotion of weight management clinics

  • In-house materials
  • Practice website
  • In-house referral
  • Use of social media

Creating and obtaining in-house supporting materials

  • Flyers and posters
  • Client support leaflets
  • 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
Nicola Lakeman

Your Tutors

Nicola Lakeman

MSc BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition)

Jill Macdonald - founder of ONCORE

Your Tutors

Jill Macdonald

DipAVN (surg) RVN FHEA

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Once you have purchased the course, you will be able to get stuck into the course as soon as you wish.

You will have 12 months access to the course, so you will have plenty of time to complete it.

Yes. Our courses offer interim quizzes to check your knowledge, and a final test to enable you to be awarded your certificate of completion.

Some courses also offer additional assessed coursework which is assessed by your tutor, and details of this will be included in the course description.

Yes – we provide a selection of resources on each course that you can download and take away.

No, we don’t think so. The learning platform we use offers straightforward course structure and access, so you are led from one section to the next and can see where you are up to.

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