Pet Food Business

Learn all about Pet Foods

  • A foundation course for anyone working in the pet food industry
  • Consider the options for pet food products
  • Improve your career prospects for working in pet food retailing, supply or manufacturing
  • If you use a lot of pet food (eg. breeders, kennel owners), learn to make your own foods

 

COURSE CONTENT

This course has nine lessons as follows:

Lesson 1. Scope and Nature of Animal Food 

  • Introduction to Pet Food Industry
  • Industry origins from 19th century
  • Principles of Taste
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Ingredients and feed components
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Minerals and Vitamins
  • Minerals & Vitamins for Cats, Dogs, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Rodents and Rabbits
  • Food Categories - dry, semi moist, retorted, pasteurised, chilled, pellets, flakes, etc

Lesson 2. Processing and Manufacturing 

  • Processing technology and equipment
  • Chillers and Freezers
  • Documented Production Practices and Controlling Risks
  • Potential Risks
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Contamination Risk
  • Ingredient Controls - purchasing, receipting, storage, pest control, cleaning, premises and equipment
  • Processing Techniques and Quality
  • Heat Treatment and Process Control
  • Air Exchange Heat Gains
  • Occupancy Heat Gains
  • Heavy Work
  • Lighting Heat Gains
  • Sampling, Testing Calibration
  • Record Keeping
  • Product Tracing and Recall
  • What Triggers a Recall
  • Using Batch Numbers and production Dates
  • Issuing a Recall
  • Voluntary vs Involuntary Recalls
  • Identifying new ingredients - Techniques
  • Insects as a pet food source
  • Insect Meal and Dry Food
  • Insects and Domesticated Fowl
  • Insects as Feed for Dogs and Cats
  • Insects for Fish and other Aquatic Life
  • Insects for Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Insects and Nutrition
  • Gut Lading
  • How to Raise Insects
  • Mealworms
  • Black Soldier Fly Farming

Lesson 3. Preservation and Storage

  • Introduction
  • Freezing
  • Why Freeze Pet Food
  • Problems with Freezing
  • Vacuum Packaging
  • Refrigeration
  • Chilling Meat
  • Chilling Fish
  • Chilling Milk
  • Drying or Dehydration
  • Storing Produce
  • Vegetables - curing, cooling
  • Storing Root Crops
  • Grain -silos, storage bags, bunkers, underground pits
  • Seeds 
  • Cold Storage with or without Humidity Control
  • Cold and Cool Room for Seed Banks
  • Preserving
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Nitrates and Nitrites
  • Sorbates
  • Antioxidant Preservatives
  • Sulphites
  • Chelating Agents
  • Natural Preservatives

Lesson 4. Canine Nutrition and Feeding 

  • Introduction - Unique Canine Factors
  • Caloric Need Calculations
  • Protein Sources
  • Carbohydrate Sources
  • Fat Sources
  • Raw Diet Controversy, Risks and Benefits
  • Problems with Raw Feeding
  • Canine Digestive System
  • Canine Dietary Requirements
  • Nutrition Depending on Age - puppies, senior dogs, aged dogs
  • Nutrition Depending on Health Status - pregnancy, lactation, underweight
  • Protein Sources - eggs, different meat types
  • Fat Sources - peanut butter, olive oil, flax oil, coconut oil
  • Carbohydrate Sources - rice, sweet potato, pumpkin, etc
  • Probiotics
  • Obese Dog Diets
  • Protein
  • Water
  • Nutrition Depending on Activity
  • Working and High Performance Diet

Lesson 5. Feline Nutrition and Feeding

  • Introduction - Unique Feline considerations
  • Wet Food versus Dry Food
  • Resting Metabolic Rate Calculation
  • Protein Sources
  • Raw Food Diets Controversy, Risks and Benefits
  • Feline Digestive System
  • Feline Dietary Requirements
  • Nutrition Depending on Age - birth to 12 months, senior and aged
  • Nutrition Depending on Health Status
  • Pregnant or Lactating Diet
  • Underweight Diet
  • Overweight Diet

Lesson 6. Feeding Birds, Fish, Rodents, Rabbits, and Reptiles 

  • Bird Feeding
  • Parrots
  • Pellets for birds
  • Mash/Chop for parrots
  • Seeds, Beans, Nuts - for birds
  • Treats for Birds
  • Bird Feeding Fowl
  • Stages of Growth
  • Feed Components for Fowl
  • Poultry - pellets, grain, mash
  • Chickens
  • Egg layers diet - growers laing feed, layer feed
  • Feed for Broilers - starter feed, finisher feed
  • Duck Diet
  • Turkey Diet
  • Fish Feeding
  • Pelleted Fish Feed
  • Live Fish Feed - Daphnia, Shrimp, Worms
  • Night lights for fish
  • Fishmeal and Oil meals
  • Fish Food Production - beef heart, legumes, seafood & vegetable mix
  • Rodent feeding
  • Mice diet & what to avoid
  • Rat diet and what to avoid
  • Hamster Diet and what to avoid
  • Guinea Pig diet and what to avoid
  • Chinchilla diet and what to avoid
  • Common rodent provisions
  • Rabbit Feeding
  • Rabbit Digestion
  • Rabbit Diet - blended diet, pellets, fresh foods, grasses/ hay, leafy greens, vegetables, calcium
  • Reptile Feeding - snakes, lizards, chelonians
  • Food for reptiles
  • Snakes
  • Chelonians - turtles, tortoises -aquatic, terrestrial
  • Lizards - review of various species

Lesson 7. Toxins in Animal Foods

  • Toxic Components to Avoid
  • Allium Family plants
  • Responses to Poisoning
  • Responses to Allergies
  • Emergency Response
  • Types of Additives in Pet Foods
  • Antifungals
  • Antioxidants
  • Pellet Binders
  • Feed Flavours
  • Digestion Modifiers
  • Metabolism Modifiers
  • Health Modifiers
  • Consumer Acceptance

Lesson 8. Regulatory Controls for the Pet Food Industry

  • Introduction
  • HACCP Plan
  • Labelling
  • Ingredient Lists
  • Disposing of Animal By Products

Lesson 9. Feed Selection, Diet Formulation and End-Product Sales 

  • Introduction
  • Ultimate Goals of Pet Food Marketing in store or online
  • Understanding the Purchaser
  • Taking a New Product to Market
  • Wholesaling
  • Retail, Online or Mail Order
  • Online Sales
  • B2B

 

 

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