Canine and Feline Nutrition Certificate

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K9 and Feline Nutrition Certificate: Professor Amer AbuGhazaleh; Animal Science Food and Nutrition

This online certificate course is designed to give pet nutritionists, veterinarians and vet techs, pet breeders, pet shop owners, and pet enthusiasts the opportunity to take advanced training and rigorous science-based education on the various aspects of canine and feline nutrition. After the completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition from Southern Illinois University.

Program Focus

The program will focus on covering the different aspects of canine and feline nutrition with focus on canine and feline nutrient requirements; nutrients metabolism, nutrition and disease; pet food ingredients; diet formulation; and many other topics.

The course will also present the principles and practices of scientifically based pet clinical nutrition. For example, the course will examine the occurrence, treatment, and management of nutritionally responsive disorders in dogs and cats such as diabetes, urolithiasis, dermatoses, chronic kidney failure, cancer, hepatic lipidosis, gastrointestinal disease, heart diseases, dental or skeletal disorders, and obesity.

Cost: $1,500.00

The cost will also cover books and other reading materials. Participants can pay the fees in full or in two installments ($750 each). For those who need them, continuing education (CE) credits will be provided after the successful completion of the program (it is worth 23.0 CEUs). It takes between 4 to 5 months to complete this certificate program.

Program Information

For more information about the program, course materials, syllabus, etc., please contact Dr. Amer AbuGhazaleh

Amer AbuGhazaleh, Professor
Dept. of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition
Agriculture Bldg, Room 119
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4417
Phone: (618) 453-1767
Fax: (618) 453-5231


The next course starts:  January 9, 2024

Future course dates:  April 23,  2024

Registration Form

  • Fax the  618/453-5680 or email to
  • Register by phone with a credit card by calling us at 618/536-7751.
  • Wire Transfers, email Diane Mc Intyre or call 618/536-7751 and ask for Brandon. 

Please do not email forms containing credit card information. 

International participants should register by contacting Diane Mc Intyre  or calling 618/536-7751 and ask for Brandon.