Module Identifier RS30910  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Neil R McEwan  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Professor Charles J Newbold  
Pre-Requisite RS25020 or equivalent  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 3 hour seminars during semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment RATIONING ASSIGNMENT  50%
Semester Exam2 Hours WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Exam2 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

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Pond, W G et al (2005) Basic animal nutrition and feeding 5th. Wiley 0471658936

** Recommended Consultation
British Journal of Nutrition
Journal of Animal Science
Journal of Nutrition


This module is at CQFW Level 6