ANU-20306 Principles of Animal Nutrition


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
dr. ir. WF Pellikaan
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
dr. LH de Jonge
dr. ir. AFB van der Poel
dr. ir. JW Schrama
prof. dr. ir. WH Hendriks
dr. ir. WF Pellikaan
ir. CMC van der Peet-Schwering
dr. ir. SJ Oosting
prof. dr. ir. LA den Hartog
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
dr. ir. WF Pellikaan

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ANU-50806 Feed Formulation Science; ANU-30806 Animal Nutrition & Physiology; ANU-30306 Nutrient Dynamics or ANU-31306 Feed Technology.


- nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins), their digestion and utilization for different animals;
- systems for energy- and protein utilization;
- undesired substances and contaminants;
- conservation of roughage.

Learning outcomes:

After following this course, students should:
- have insight into the value of data and concepts that are used in the analysis of feedstuffs;
- have insight into the presence of undesired constituents (level, mode of action, animal effects) in important feedstuffs;
- be able to explain the principles of digestion and utilization by different nutritional characteristics of several animal species (cow, pig, fish, dog, horse, etc.;
- be able to apply systems for protein and energy evaluation for new feedstuffs;
- be able to relate a feedstuff and its objective for use for a certain animal species.


- lecture attendance;
- self study and active participation in lectures;
- working on ICT assignments (cases and self exams);
- participation in practicals: animal feed technology, participation in 'hands-on' excursion to research trials, and chemical analysis of feed and faeces;
- active participation in a broiler trial and dissection.


- written test with multiple choice questions and/or open questions (80%);
- group lab report based on individual commitment and performance to the group work (20%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.0 to pass.



Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc3WD
Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScB: Nutrition and Metabolism3WD
Compulsory for: WUANSBSc Minor Animal Sciences3WD