The Australian pet food industry is worth a whopping A$3 billion* with a growing demand for premium products! Whether you want to manufacture and sell pet foods or learn to care for animals through optimum feed and nutrition, this course is ideal.
Certificate of Pet Food Production is a professional development course that covers all aspects of the pet food industry.
In this pet food manufacturing course, you will learn about manufacturing, supplying and selling pet foods. You will also learn how to care for the nutritional and feed needs of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, rodents and reptiles.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation for working in the manufacturing, supply and sales of pet foods.
Unit - Pet Food Business
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of animal food
Introduction to pet food industry
The origin of an industry
Principles of taste
Principles of nutrition
Ingredients & feed components
Minerals & vitamins
Cats, dogs birds fish, reptiles, rodents, and rabbits
Food categories list
Unit 2 – Processing and manufacturing
Processing technology & equipment
Chillers & freezers
Documented production practices & controlling risks
Premises & equipment
Processing techniques & quality
Heat treatment & process control
Air change heat gains
Occupancy heat gains
Lighting heat gains
Sampling, testing & calibration
Product tracing & recall
What triggers a recall
Using batch numbers vs using production dates
Issuing a recall
Voluntary vs involuntary recalls
Identifying new ingredients (techniques)
Introduction to insects as a food source
Insect meal & dry food
Insects & domesticated fowl
Insects as feed for dogs & cats
Insects for fish & other aquatic life
Insects & nutrition
Basics of how to raise insects
Black soldier fly farming
Unit 3 – Preservation and Storage
Producing animal food
Why freeze pet food
Problems of freezing
Drying or dehydration
Storage of produce
Storage requirement root crops
Nitrates, nitrites and sorbates
Natural preservatives matter
Unit 4 – Canine nutrition & feeding
Nutritional needs for dogs
diet formulation for dogs at different life stages.
Raw diet controversy, risks & benefits
Problems with raw feeding
Nutrition depending on age
Birth – 24months (puppies)
Senior or aged
Nutrition depending on health status
Pregnancy or lactation
Nutrition depending on activity levels
Unit 5 – Feline nutrition & feeding
Nutritional needs for cats
Diet formulation for cats at different life stages.
Wet food vs dry food
Raw food diets controversy, risks & benefits
Feline digestive system
Nutrition depending on age
Nutrition depending on health status
Pregnant or lactating
Overweight (or obese) cats
Unit 6 – Feeding Birds, fish, rodents, rabbits, & reptiles
Bird feeding – parrots
Mash / chop
Seeds, beans & nuts
Treat for birds
Bird feeding – fowl
Stages of Growth
Feed Components for Fowl
Grower’s laying feed
Broilers (meat chickens)
Fish food production
Reptile feeding – snakes, chelonians, and lizards
Food for reptiles
Chelonians – turtles & tortoises
Unit 7 – Toxins in Animal Foods
Toxic components to avoid in everyday life with pets
Responses to poisoning
Responses to allergens
Types of additives in pet food
Types of additives
Key contamination risks
Mycotoxins or pathogens (including bacteria)
Industrial contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, BPA & bps
Sampling and testing
Unit 8 – Regulatory controls for the pet food industry
Industry’s regulation controls
Identification as pet food
Nutrition information panels
Variety and names
Nutritional adequate statement
Nutritionally complete food
Directions for use statements
Disposing of animal by-products (ABP’S)
Unit 9 – Feed selection, diet formulation & end-product sales
Ultimate goals of marketing pet foods in store or online
Understand pet owners as consumers (the purchaser!)
Taking a new product to the market
Face to face retail & online stores
Social media marketing
Hints and tips
Business to business (b2b)
Estimated duration 50 hours
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