Diploma in Canine Nutrition


PLEASE NOTE: Caroline is currently unable to take on any more new students, but we hope to reopen the course to new students in a few weeks. Please email secretary@theiscp.com if you would like to be informed once the course is available again.

The ISCP Diploma in Canine Nutrition 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.

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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 Kibble and Muesli diets
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
Module 13 Feeding for special dietary requirements
Appendix Recipes

Caroline Hearn, author and tutor of the nutrition courses

Caroline has never been without a dog at her side since she was a tiny child. Her life’s ambition has been to pay back a little of the unconditional love, loyalty and fun which her canine friends have given her over the years. It has always been dogs, horses and the great outdoors that have brought, and still continue to bring her, the greatest joy.

In 1990, a number of appointments with an holistic vet to treat a horse who went on to make a remarkable recovery after having been given little chance of survival changed the way that every dog, horse and other animal on the farm was taken care of. This sowed the seed for a passion to study complementary therapies, herbal medicine, and a more natural way of feeding.

She 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.


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 secretary@theiscp.com 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.