Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will apply principles of nutrition to improve productivity, performance and welfare of domestic, companion and captive wild animals. You will illustrate the links between nutrition and disease using selected examples of diet and disease in domestic and captive wild animals. You will use diet formulation and analysis software to design and evaluate diets. You will also study global issues and challenges of meeting demand for animal proteins.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarkandeya Jois

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (AGR2BAA or BCH2MBC) and AGR2AN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDairy Cattle feeding and NutritionRecommendedMiller, W.J and Cunha Tony J 2012Elsevier Science
ReadingsSmall Animal Clinical Nutrition 5th EditionRecommendedHand, MS, Thatcher, C.D, et al 2010Mark Morris Institute
ReadingsWildlife feeding and NutritionRecommendedRobbins, Charles T, 1993Academic Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design and optimize rations for health and performance of domesticated and captive wild animals.

Students will work in groups and use animal feed formulation software including Rumen8 and WinFeed to formulate diets to meet the nutrient demands for health and performance

02. Evaluate potential risks to health and performance of animals caused by nutrient imbalance and deficiencies.

Students will work in groups and perform analysis of diets to identify nutrient imbalances and deficiencies. They will then determine the potential consequences of nutrient imbalances and deficiencies by applying their prior learning in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.

03. Access and evaluate evidence from a range of sources including original research articles.

Students will perform a critical review of a recent original research article in nutrition and related area.

04. Analyze experimental data and communicate the results to a variety of audiences including professional bodies and the public.

Students will work in groups and analyze simulated data to evaluate the effects of nutritional intervention of health and performance of animals. The results will be used by the students to prepare a summary of findings and recommendations to a variety of audience including professional bodies and he public.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarkandeya Jois

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 32 - 36
One 3.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three individual Case Studies Reports (total 2200-word equivalent)Three Case Studies Reports45 01, 02, 03, 04
One critical review (500- word equivalent)One written report15 03, 04
One video presentation (word equivalence 300)One 5-minute video presentation on a Case Study10 02, 03, 04
One end of semester exam (1000-word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03