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Reminder: NOVA PhD Course Keeping the Hindgut and the Horse Healthy - Open for Applications

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    Gisle Bjørneby

The course will take place on 25-30 Aug. 2019, in Hafjell/Ås, Norway.
Application deadline: 25 May 2019.

NOVA PhD course of 5 ECTS, organised by Postdoc Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. 

NOVA course information web page

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Course Description
In-depth course focusing on nutrition and its impact on hindgut function and health of horses. The course will provide PhD students with the theoretical background for understanding the importance of the horse hindgut in health and disease. The course will focus on the challenges and possibilities when feeding horses in relation to maintaining hindgut health and performance.

The course will include a mix of lectures given by teachers as well as students presenting their own projects or related topics. Field trip to research facilities at NMBU with demonstrations, and a workshop with stakeholders in the horse industry (feed industry, riders/trainers, veterinarians and researchers) where the students should apply their knowledge into practise/innovation. The teachers will be world leading experts within equine nutrition in relation to hindgut health and performance, and the students will visit the unique research facilities and the cannulated horses at NMBU in Ås.

Programme Outline

  • Sunday: Arrival Hafjell, welcome dinner
  • Monday: In-depth understanding of the gastrointestinal tract of the horse, diet effects on nutrient digestion and utilization
  • Tuesday: The microbial environment of the hindgut in relation to health and disease, techniques for studying diet effects on hindgut health
  • Wednesday: Diet and performance - challenges and possibilities when feeding high fibre diets
  • Thursday: Ås, NMBU Research farm, practical demonstrations of advanced techniques for studying the effect of diet on hindgut health in horses.
  • Friday: Future feeding for health and performance, workshop with stakeholders in the horse industry: feed companies, riders/trainers, veterinarians and researchers, evaluation and goodbye

Main Teachers
Postdoc Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen, NMBU, Norway
Professor Anna Jansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 8. May 2019 - 9:45 - Updated 8. May 2019 - 9:45