Amy Granillo, Canine Nutrition & Herbal Practitioner

Hello, I’m Amy & I’ve been a business owner for 14 years. To focus on my canine nutrition and herbalist related experience:

I’ve been in private practice for six years working with dog owners, commercial food companies, veterinarians, and other companion animal health care providers. I’m a multi-certified canine nutritionist and canine herbalist in the second year of my doctoral program for integrative and functional nutrition (for human health). I started in human nutrition twelve years ago and my passion for nutrition has stayed strong.

I grew up helping my Gramma raw feed her animals but I really had no idea what I was doing or why. I just did what I was told and put together the dogs’ and cats’ meals. All of her animals lived well into their teens so even though I didn’t know what I was doing at the time, My Gramma certainly did.

I love dogs, so helping people resolve a situation with their dog’s health through a correctly balanced diet or food therapy brings me great joy.

I formulate raw and cooked diets for dogs of all ages, with a focused specialty in growth diets for puppies, particularly large and extra large breed puppies. I offer food therapy services for a handful of specific conditions. I work with a few commercial raw and cooked dog food companies each year on short-term & long-term product formulation services and nutrition consulting. Part of what I do for commercial companies and other canine nutrition providers is ingredient database creation, writing code for diet spreadsheets, nutrition training, and business training. I’ve begun working with more and more veterinarian hospitals and companion animal health clinics both in person and online as businesses have shifted the way they operate during the past couple of years during the pandemic. Having a contracted canine nutrition and herbal practitioner has become easier for many versus high staff turnover. 

Another area of canine health that is a passion for me aside from nutrition, is herbalism. I grew up using herbs for human remedies and that crossed over to dogs in the same way that my nutrition passion did. I was self-taught in canine herbalism for a number of years and eventually entered into a 4-year direct mentorship.

I formulate herbal and homeopathic protocols for clients and I have a small canine apothecary here in southern California.

I’m an accredited continuing professional development (CPD) education provider and I developed a comprehensive professional certificate program teaching canine nutrition, science-based diet formulation for dogs, and business. Students who successfully complete the program earn their credential as a certified canine nutrition professional (Cert.CNP). I get to teach aspiring canine nutritionists from all over the world and I love it!

I have spent a lot of my life volunteering in various ways from shelving books at the library to nonprofit leadership roles and in early 2022, I acquired the Raw Feeding Community (RFC) from its creator who wanted to retire from it and I shifted it into a non-profit with free resources and access to licensed and credentialed animal nutrition professionals worldwide. I provide free nutrition counseling to dog owners through RFC and I volunteer as a peer reviewer with Elsevier Research Academy and the Journal of Molecular Biology.

What I’m Currently Up To- I’m in year 14 of working with women in my “human business” and I’ve been accepting more aspiring canine nutrition professionals and herbalists as students & taking more vet consults. I’m back in school full time working on the doctorate & finishing up a comprehensive trauma-informed therapist program.

Higher Formal Education- Second-year Integrative and Functional Nutrition doctoral student. Pre-Veterinary & Medical, Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Concentration in Canine Nutrition, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), California Southern University. I have a graduate certificate in Companion Animal Nutrition, a certificate in Canine Nutrition, a certificate of completion in canine herbalism, two certificates of completion in Eastern Food Therapy, master certificates in Project Management and Government Contract Management, a professional certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and I’m a AFPA Certified Holistic Nutritionist. 

Professional Associations/Affiliations- Vet Vine, Peer Reviewer with Elsevier Research Academy and the Journal of Molecular Biology.

Professional Awards- Women in Technology’s Sunshine Award (2006) • President George H.W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award #4990 (2013) • President’s Volunteer Service Award (2017 & 2018)

If you want to know more about the “human stuff” I do, just ask!