ANU-20306 Principles of Animal Nutrition


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. WF Pellikaan
dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
dr. LH de Jonge
prof. dr. ir. LA den Hartog
prof. dr. ir. WH Hendriks
dr. ir. JW Schrama
dr. ir. WF Pellikaan
ir. CMC van der Peet-Schwering
dr. ir. SJ Oosting
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WF Pellikaan
dr. ir. RP Kwakkel

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Continuation courses:

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


This course gives detailed information on function, metabolism, homeostasis, requirements, responses and sources of nutrients for animals. Laboratory practicals will involve principles of diet formulation and diet processing. The course is taught by several ‘in-house’ ANU-teachers, but also guest lecturers are invited. Lectures and practicals (both laboratory and experimental) will be part of the program.

Learning outcomes:

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


The course consists of the following elements:
- lecture attendance, active participation during lectures and self-study;
- active participation in practicals: animal feed manufacturing, participation in 'hands-on' excursion to research trials, and chemical analysis of feed and faeces;
- active participation in a broiler or fish trial and a bird dissection practical (the latter is optional);
- working on case assignments in tutorial lectures (cases and self exams);
- feedback Fruits, an online study platform, will be used to increase active student participation for a more interactive education. The course leaders aim to enhance a general understanding of the principles in animal nutrition.


- a written exam (by using available examination software) at the end of the course determines 80% of your final mark. This part should be minimum 5.0;
- the exam includes multiple choice questions, a combination of various question types optional in QMP (e.g. matching, drag and drop, hotspots, etc.) and/or short answer essay-type questions;
- based on the practicals you will write a group report/ practical journal. Students receive a summed mark (e.g. 4 students get 28 points) and they are requested to divide (after discussion in the group) the number of points to obtain an individual mark for the practical. The mark received for the report determines 20% of your final mark. This part should be minimum 5.0.



Verplicht voor: BASAnimal SciencesBSc3WD
Verplicht voor: WUANSBSc Minor Animal Sciences3WD