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Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Toxicology (VET380)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Nutritional management is core to the maintenance of health, welfare, production and disease management in domestic animals. This unit will provide students with an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of nutrients, animal feeds, nutritional biochemistry of vitamins and minerals, interactions between nutrients and feed components, ration formulation and evaluation, practical feeding strategies for livestock and companion animals and nutrition-responsive diseases of domestic animals. The unit also provides an introduction to toxicology of animals.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of nutrients, feedstuffs, feed analyses, vitamin and mineral nutrition for domestic animals
2. Demonstrate understanding of the nutritional requirements and feeding guidelines for a range of companion and livestock animals
3. Demonstrate ability to develop and evaluate rations for domestic animal species
4. Demonstrate understanding of the role of nutrition in maintaining the health, welfare and productivity of domestic animals
5. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate nutritional concepts to animal owners
6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic animal toxicology for a range of mineral poisons, pesticides, mycotoxins, poisonous plants and zootoxins
7. Develop a number of Murdoch University's Graduate Attributes (communication, critical thinking, social interaction, in-depth knowledge of a field of study).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 42 lectures
Workshop: 8 x 2 hours plus 4 intra-semester assessments (approximately 2 hours duration each).
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a series of structured lectures to deliver core material relating to concepts about nutrition and toxicology for the major domestic species. The unit reader includes material to supplement the lecture materials.
Lectures are supplemented with a workshop. Workshops include interactive exercises and online content. Some activities are completed as group exercises.
The workshop activities aim to give students exposure to the relationship between nutrition and disease and experience developing rations for domestic animals.
The toxicology group exercise gives students hands on experience at identifying and learning about toxic plants.
Group exercises are included to help students develop skills in communication and cooperation with others which are skills required of a graduate veterinarian or scientist.
Assessment Assessment in this unit will allow students to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts of animal nutrition and the practical application of this in the feeding and management domestic animals, including the effective communication of recommendations to clients.

Examination papers will be available for review on request.
Prerequisites ANS251 Agricultural Biochemistry OR VET241 Veterinary Biochemistry OR VET272 Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry
ANS253 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals OR ANS221 Animal Structure and Function OR VET274 Veterinary Structure and Function IV.
Exclusions VET346 Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Toxicology; ANS354 Animal Nutrition and Toxicology.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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