Course code VET305

VET305 Animal Nutrition

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Course responsible: Åshild Krogdahl
ECTS credits: 7.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:
  • Basic nutritional physiology
  • Species-specific nutritional physiology
  • Species-specific feeding study, including the links between nutrition and health.


Animal Nutrition will provide students with basic knowledge of nutrition and nutritional physiology, as well as specific knowledge about nutrition and feeding of the various domestic animals species. Furthermore, the course will provide a basis for studies in clinical courses and an understanding of the close interaction there is between nutrition and health. Students will also gain an understanding of diseases caused by an imbalance in nutrient supply and inadequate feeding, how these can be prevented and how we can improve the course of disease in nutrition or feeding related support therapy for various diseases (clinical nutrition).

Learning outcome:

The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.3, 1.8, 1.10, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.5

After completion of the courses, the students should:

  • Have knowledge of the various nutrients and be able to determine nutritional needs of domestic animals and fish under different physiological conditions.
  • Recognise the main feedstuff types, assessing their quality and nutritional value, as well as conservation methods for feedstuffs.
  • Know how feeding affects production results and performance capabilities.
  • Understand the significance of feedstuff for disease development and prevention.
  • Be able to assess the quality of feeding schedules and feeding routines and recommend changes if necessary.
  • Understand the Feedstuff Legislation and other government regulations relating to the manufacture and sale of animal feed.
  • Have acquired a good attitude to the proper nutrition of animals and fish.
Learning activities:
Teaching takes place in lectures (about 60 hours) and in groups (about 15 hours) with plenary review.  One excursion is organized to ta feed factory during the course.
Teaching support:
The responsible teacher is available on e-mail and for visits in the office after appointment. The other teachers involved are available on e-mail

Power point presentations

All information presented in ppts are part of the syllabus

Kompendium: Animal Nutrition (Husdyrernæring)

Comprises chapters which cover general nutritional aspects and specific topics and issues regarding nutrition and feeding of monogastric animals. It also contains previous exam questions, test questions and a list of required terms. The compendium is edited and partly written by Åshild Krogdahl  

It is recommended to read the first 5 chapter as a preparation for the course, which covers the syllabus for the first week of the course, to save time.

Theme: Feeding if milking cows

The syllabus for this topic is presented in a compendium witten by Odd Magne Harstad

Theme: Cattle meat production

Selected chapters in the book Produksjon av storfekjøtt (Production of beef cattle) written by Jan Berg og Toralv Matre, Publisher Landbruksforlaget, 2001, 197 sider. p 13 ¿ 28, p 62 ¿ 107, p 146 - 155

Supplementary literature

Additional reading material is supplied by the teachers of the topics.


Useful complementary information may be found in the book "Animal Nutrition" edited by McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A. og Greenhalgh, J.F.D., 2011, 7. utg., publisher, Longman Group UK Limited, England,


Completed minimum 30 credits (ECTS) at the first year on the Veterinary Medicine Program.

Biochemistry, gastrointestinal physiology, energy matabloism. 

Recommended prerequisites:
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Canvas. 
Mandatory activity:

Programme requirements: Test

A test must be passed in order to take the exam in Animal Nutrition. In special cases, in agreement with the Block Leader, the exam may be taken before the test is passed, but the grade will not be valid until the test is passed. The Block Leader will decide when a new test can be conducted in the following semester. If the student fails the test for a second time, he or she may have to wait until the next time the block is implemented.  


4 hour written final exam (ERNÆRI07)

Examination support material: distributed calculator

Grading scale: A-F

Entrance requirements:
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed  minimum 30 ECTS  om year 1 at the program.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
60 lectures and 15 hours group work 

Requirements for personal equipment:



No specific procedures for this block.

An external evaluator is employed 
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam and mandatory test: A - E / Ikke bestått