Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials 3 x 3 hour seminars during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment RATIONING ASSIGNMENT  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   WRITTEN EXAMINATION  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss the scientific basis for determining the nutritional requirements of different companion animals and how
these requirements vary between species

2. Explain the principles of diet formulation for companion animals

3. Evaluate the different rationing systems currently being developed in Europe and the United States

Brief description

The module will consider the nutritional requirements of companion animals, and how these animals can be fed which meets these requirements. The expanding research base for this field will be discussed in depth.


This module will integrate the physiology of digestion and absorption in companion animals, their energy and protein requirements, their micronutrient requirements, the feeding for growth and development, and their metabolic disorders. The module will also consider comparative data to contrast the dietary requirements of different companion animals in different physiological states. Recent research developments will be discussed as they pertain to these topics, particularly the recent NRC rationing systems developed in the US.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Rationing assignment, dealing with formulation
Communication Written communication - Exam, Rationing assignment
Improving own Learning and Performance Exam, Rationing assignment
Information Technology Rationing assignment
Problem solving Rationing assignment dealing with formulation
Research skills Rationing assignment

Reading List

Recommended Text
Pond, W G et al (2005) Basic animal nutrition and feeding 5th Wiley Primo search
Recommended Consultation
British Journal of Nutrition Primo search Journal of Animal Science Primo search Journal of Nutrition Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6