Build a foundation in companion animal nutrition. This course is the recommended course before the canine diet formulation course.

This Course Is Still Free.

I have been proud to offer 100% free content on Raw Fed & Nerdy for years. With the switch in my academic life, I am trying to find ways to make this more sustainable. You are not required to pay any money at all as I would never want financial hardship to be a barrier to education. Therefore, if you need to put “$0” for your payment, that is totally okay. If you are able to pay any amount at all, please know that this helps me tremendously as a student. This money supports Raw Fed & Nerdy, which has not been cheap or free to run. Any dollar amount helps me buy groceries, support my education, and be a little less stressed as a student. You get permanent access to this course, which I pour my heart into. Thank you so much. This course will always be updated as I am able to learn more thanks to your generosity. Enroll below.



This course contains instructions on how to formulate a diet for canines. If you would like to persue a more in-depth formulation course, please see our Canine Formulation Courses. Our formulation course is meant to be taken after the Full Course.

This course is available without any price. You can pay as much as you can, even if that is $0. If you are able to provide support, you are welcome to type in any amount. Thank you so much

For those who are able to pay the recommended price, I will provide the following extra bonuses:

  • A quick reference formulation guide
  • A quick reference grams and ounces guide (grams to ounces to pounds)
  • A quick reference for how much popular food items weigh
  • Invitation to a private Facebook group where I will prioritize responses over the regular RFN group. I will be in both, however!

These will be delivered and fulfilled by hand. Please be patient. If you have not received yours within 5 buisness days, please email

Therefore, you are still able to access the RFN group and the course 100% free- but for those who are in a position to provide support, I am happy to provide these for you!

This course provides you with recommended reading from Small Animal Clinical Nutrition (Free) and Canine and Feline Nutrition. You can find those here.

It is also constantly updated. That means as I learn more, I will edit lessons. I also am adding to the advanced formulation section. Other sections that are scheduled to be added include content surrounding how to choose supplements (forms and quality), therapeutic conditions, and more.

This course provides primarily information for dogs- but much of the information can be applied to cats. Please check in the RFN group regarding feline nutrition when going through the course.

I am also in the process of working on videos and voice recordings to accommodate all learners.

Please reach out to me at for any questions you may have!

Thank you so much for your support on this journey. It has changed my life tremendously.


Please note- if you do not pay $50 up front but rather $0 or some other amount less than 50- you can later choose to pay more to reach $50 and be sent the private group invite.

Course Overview

Unit 1: Introduction
  • Popular Approaches to Raw Feeding
  • Issues With Various Approaches to Raw Feeding
  • A Nutritional Approach to Raw Feeding
  • Raw vs. Cooked Common Raw Feeding Myths
  • Introduction to Feline Nutrition
Unit 2: Raw Feeding Risks
  • Proper Food Handling + Sanitation
  • Bacteria
  • Raw Bones
Unit 3: Water & Energy
  • Water (Changes in a raw diet)
  • What is Energy in Food?
  • How Much Energy Does My Pet Need?
  • Video Lesson
  • Recommended Reading
Unit 4: Digestion
  • Introduction to Canine Digestive System
  • Recommended Reading
Unit 5 Macronutrients
  • Introduction to Macronutrients
  • Protein and Amino Acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats & Fatty Acids
  • Recommended Reading
Unit 6: Micronutrients
  • Introduction to Micronutrients
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Interactions
  • Recommended Reading
Unit 7: Ingredients & Further Nutrient Reading
  • Carbohydrates and Fiber
  • Protein Sources and Taurine
  • Vitamin D and Food Sources
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E Recommended Mini Course
  • Fatty Acid Sources
  • Liver
  • Zinc and Ingredients
  • Raw Meaty Bones for Cats
  • Raw Meaty Bones for Dogs (And other ways to provide calcium)
Unit 8: Your Pet's Nutrient Needs
  • NRC- Metabolic weight and Per 1000 Kcal


This course contains instructions on how to formulate a diet for canines. If you would like to persue a more in-depth formulation course, please see our Canine Formulation Courses. Our formulation course is meant to be taken after the Full Course.
Unit 9: Recipe Formulation
  • Tools To Formulate A Recipe
  • RFN Formulation Guide
  • 5 Common Mistakes NRC Feeders Make When Formulating
Unit 10: Advanced Formulation
  • Weight-loss diets
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Senior Dog Nutrition
  • Pancreatitis
  • Elimination DIets

Understand Beyond 80/10/10

Understand beyond “dogs need liver.” Stop questioning whether your formulations are providing enough vitamin A or Copper or any other nutrient. With this course, you can confidently know that your your pet is being provided balanced and optimal nutrition.

You are still able to feed 80/10/10- but this course will help you understand how to make sure every essential nutrient is there.

A Knowledgeable Community

Raw Fed & Nerdy is full of nutrition nerds- ranging from veterinarians, nutrition professionals, to everyday pet owners.

This course will allow you to participate ona  deeper level in conversations surrounding nutrition science.

Share your formulations and get more detailed and in-depth feedback.

One Of A Kind

The only name your price type of course which allows financial barriers to be removed. It is also updated with new content and adjustments.

The majority of online courses for raw feeding focus only on ingredients (feed this much liver or this much kidney) without providing the pet owner with the knowledge and tools to more specifically feed their pets.

This course is useful for seasoned feeders or those who are brand new to feeding.

For ALL Feeding Methods

Feeding Cooked? Feeding PMR? Feeding BARF? It doesn’t matter! Learn the nutrient requirements for your pet and adjust whichever method your prefer to fit your pet’s needs.

Stop wondering if you need to add eggs or fish or supplements. Learn the function of nutrients and where to find them.

Is this course for puppies or kittens?
We strongly recommend your learn the basics of nutrition science before trying puppy or kitten formulation. The course provides this foundation- but it does not cover the intricacies of puppy or kitten diets.
Is this self-paced?
This course is 100% online and self-paced. You can reach out to Savannah if you are local for in-person help.
Do I need a desktop or laptop?
This course is mobile responsive and will work on tablets, desktops, and phones.
Is this offered as a book?
Not yet, but soon. The book will be a separate purchase entirely with other information not included in the course.


Savannah Welna created the group after being inspired by professionals in the field and a recognized need for raw feeding groups based on nutrition science. She wants you to know that it is through the encouragement of many others that RFN was created in the first place. Savannah highly values the entire admin team and the wonderful members who make RFN the fantastic resource that is is.

Savannah recognizes that meat, bones, and organs build the foundation for many healthy animals. She heavily values the use of traditional whole foods.



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