How can my clients work with the VCA nutrition service?
Nutrition services are available through direct (in-person) consultations and remote consultations.
We recommend that clients living near one of our hospitals in Northern California, Arizona, or Massachusetts bring their pets in for a direct (in person) consultation. Direct consultations involve a review of the patient's medical and dietary history, physical examination, explanation of nutritional goals and diet options, and discussion of owners' questions. The pet's customized nutrition plan will be shared with the pet owner and primary care veterinarian.
In order to facilitate your client's consultation, please complete the following:
- Pet’s veterinarian – Send the pet’s medical records to the appropriate hospital.
- Pet owners will need to complete an intake form prior to scheduling an appointment.
For clients who are unable to schedule a direct appointment, veterinarians can request a remote consultation.
how do remote consultations work?
To set up a consultation, please complete the following steps:
- Pet’s veterinarian – Submit a consultation request form and send the pet’s medical records to the appropriate hospital.
- Pet owners – Complete an intake form for the appropriate hospital.
A phone appointment may be scheduled between the pet owner and the nutritionist to facilitate their pet's nutrition consultation. This appointment includes a review of patient medical and diet history, and a discussion of nutritional goals, diet options, and owner questions.
Following the appointment, a customized nutrition plan is provided to the pet owner and regular veterinarian. This plan includes nutritional goals, daily calorie goal and treat allowance, and recommendations for commercial diets, supplements, and treats. Formulation of a home-cooked diet recipe can be added as an additional service.
Note: Because remote consultations do not include a physical examination, all diagnoses, therapeutic diet authorizations, and medications must be provided by the pet's primary care veterinarian.