Therapeutic nutrition

What services do we offer to veterinary practices?

Veterinary Nutrition Group provides the following two services for dogs and cats with medical needs:

Consultation and formulation of personalised, therapeutic recipes

  • Detailed referral report outlining the nutritional features of the recipes

  • Two different, personalised recipes ideal for the patient's individual needs

  • Owner ingredient requests considered, where possible

  • Also includes preparation instructions, shopping list with links to required ingredients and supplements, and frequently asked questions on batch-preparing, problem-solving etc. 

Cost: 380.00 AUD (GST and VAT exempt)

Turnaround time: 1 to 3 weeks

Consultation and formulation of one, novel protein recipe suitable for a diet trial

  • Detailed referral report outlining the nutritional features of the recipe

  • One personalised novel protein recipe suitable for a diet/elimination trial for a suspected adverse food reaction (patient has no other medical conditions - if patient has other conditions, a therapeutic consult will be required) 

  • Also includes preparation instructions, shopping list with links to required ingredients and supplements, and frequently asked questions on batch-preparing, problem-solving etc. 

Cost: 225.00 AUD (GST and VAT exempt)

Turnaround time: 1 to 3 weeks

 

For all novel protein formulations, we do request that referring veterinarians please explain to the owner what a novel protein is, prior to requesting the consult. It is important that the owner understands that we need to know a protein and carbohydrate option that the pet has ideally never eaten before.

How does it work?

  1. All consultations for pets with medical needs require referral by the pet's regular veterinarian. If you own a pet that needs a home-prepared therapeutic diet, ask your vet to submit a referral (instructions below).
     

  2. Once we receive both required forms (see below), we will go ahead and formulate the recipes, and email the completed report and recipes back to the referring veterinarian.
     

  3. The veterinarian can then provide the report/recipes to the owner.
     

  4. Both the referring vet and the pet's owner are welcome to contact us by email with any questions or concerns. The consultation includes three hours of follow-up email support.
     

  5. A tax invoice will be sent to the referring veterinarian's practice upon completion of the consultation. Payment can be made by either credit card or bank transfer. We do not invoice the owner directly for the consultation.

 

Please note that advice regarding nutritional management for specific diseases will not be provided directly to clients. Consults must be initiated by the referring veterinarian, who has the most current knowledge of the patient.
This is because we can't and shouldn't provide medical recommendations directly to an owner we have never met, for a patient we have never seen face-to-face.

How do I refer a patient for a consult?

Complete the vet request form here:

 

Ask the owner to complete the
diet history form here:

Once we receive both forms, we will go ahead and schedule the consult for completion. 
 

We also have a client handout available here, which explains the therapeutic consultation process. We recommend providing clients with a copy when the consult is requested: