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Non-Degree Diploma in Companion Animal Nutrition - picture of two puppies

Companion Animal Nutrition

Our online credited non-degree Diploma in Companion Animal Nutrition is the only one of its kind in Illinois that is approved by Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHD).  

This online program 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 pet nutrition with special focus on canine and feline nutrition. After the completion of this program, participants will receive a non-degree diploma in Canine and Feline Nutrition from Southern Illinois University.

This one-year online program provides rigorous and science-based education using a distance learning format to help you develop, expand and advance your skills in the field of Companion Animal Nutrition.

For those seeking a certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition or continuing education (CE) credits, a 4-5 months extensive version of this program is also available at a reduced cost of $1500.  



·         ANS 115:  Introduction to Companion Animal Nutrition
·         ANS 215:  Introduction to Nutrition
·         ANS 316:  Ration Formulation for Companion Animals
·         ANS 365:  Canine and Feline Nutrition
·         ANS 445:  Companion Animal Clinical Nutrition
·         ANS 481:  Recent Topics in Companion Animal Nutrition

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

The fast and steady growth in the pet industry in the last few decades has increased demand for professionally trained personnel in areas such as pet nutrition and feeding, marketing, husbandry, and training. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the fields of animal care is expected to grow 21 percent by 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.