Course code VET305

VET305 Animal Nutrition

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Course responsible: Nicole Frost Nyquist
Teachers: Egil Prestløkken, Ingjerd Dønnem
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
Last time: 2022V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
  • Basic nutritional physiology
  • Species-specific nutritional physiology
  • Species-specific nutrition, including the links between nutrition and health.

Aim 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, and how these can be prevented.  

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 the nutritional needs of domestic animals and fish under different physiological conditions.
  • Recognise the main feedstuff types, assess their quality and nutritional value, as well as conservation methods for feedstuffs.
  • Know how feeding affects animal production results and performance capabilities.
  • Understand the significance of nutrition for disease development and prevention.
  • Be able to assess and evaluate the quality of feeding schedules and feeding routines.
  • Refer to and describe Norwegian Feedstuff Legislation and other government regulations relating to production, labelling and sales of animal feed.
  • Have acquired a good attitude towards, and understanding of the importance of nutrition for animals and fish.
Learning activities:
Teaching takes place in lectures and in the form of group work and task solving with plenary review, case studies and self-study. If possible, two excursions will be arranged during the course. One to a feed factory and one to the University research farm. 
Teaching support:
The responsible teacher is available on e-mail and in her office by appointment. The other teachers involved are located at Ås and will be available on e-mail.

The subject nutrition and nutritional physiology is fundamentally rooted in the both biochemistry and physiology. It is expected that relevant parts of the curriculum in biochemistry and physiology should be understood and included in assignments, presentations and answers given in this subject. Syllabus: All information given during lectures and in powerpoint presentations, as well as assignments and answers to assignments (case studies, group exercises and assignments solved by self-study) form the basis of the curriculum and are part of the syllabus. Book chapters, articles or other written material and/or brochures that are handed out and/or posted on canvas are included in the curriculum. Presentations and recommended reading material will be presented on Canvas in folders organized by lecture date and/or title. It is recommended to read the relevant material of the first week of teaching before the start of the semester.

Suggested books:Fôringssingaler by Jan Hulsen and Dries Aerden, 2014. Published by VetVice, Roodbont and Cowsingals. Fôringslære by Torger Gjefsen, 2007, 3rd ed. Published by Fagbokforlaget. Animal Nutrition by McDonald et al. 2011, 7th ed., published by Longman Group UK Limited, England.Canine and Feline Nutrition by Linda P. Case et al. 2011, 3rd ed. published by MosbyFjørfeboka redaktør Bagley, 2016, 2 utg utgitt av Fagbokforlaget The library also contains large amounts of other relevant literature, both books and journals that may be used to elucidate and elaborate on the topics in the syllabus.

Completed minimum 30 credits (ECTS) at the first year on the Veterinary Medicine Program. Biochemistry and physiology - with special emphasis of the digestive system, metabolism of nutritents and energy matabloism.
Recommended prerequisites:
Biochemistry and physiology - with special emphasis of the digestive system, metabolism of nutritents and energy matabloism.
Mandatory activity:

Programme requirements: Participation on two compulsory excursions (unless cancelled due to travel restrictions). Participation on two compulsory excursions is required to be able to sit the written exam. In case of valid absence, the student will be able to sit the exam after a written assignment is answered and accepted by the course responsible. In the event of invalid absence from one or both excursions, it may be possible to sit the exam by special agreement with the course responsible and the Academic administration. In such cases the student will have to hand in a written assignment for evaluation and no credits will be given in the subject until the compulsory excursions have been completed the next time the block is completed.​

If an excursion to a feed producer has to be cancelled the students will get a group assignment in feed production: Submission of digital presentation and two exam questions with suggested answers per group. Both should be placed on Canvas for use by fellow students.

Compulsory Canvas multiple-choice test on the curriculum from week 1: nutrients, metabolism, nutritional requirements, feed and feed evaluation. Must be passed before the exam can be taken.

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:
Requirements for personal equipment: None HMS No specific procedures for this block.
Type of course:
40 hours per week, including lectures and assignments such as case studies, group exercises and assignments solved by self-study.
An external evaluator is employed 
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam and mandatory test: Letter grades