Module code: BMS2054

Module Overview

In this module you will study the essential micro and macronutrients for animals and understand how feedstuff is evaluated.  You will also study the different forms of forage that are available and how they influence feed consumption. Furthermore, you will study the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition. Using lab based ration programmes, you will be able to apply your knowledge to formulate diets across the species. The module will also introduce the basic principles of veterinary toxicology and veterinary pharmacology and how these influence companion animal and commercial livestock production. A 2 hr gut dissection will be provided for students.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

SELEMETAS Nick (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Learning Hours: 93

Lecture Hours: 26

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 4

Practical/Performance Hours: 15

Module Availability

Semester 2

Module content

Indicative content includes:


•             Introduction & Macronutrients

•             Vitamins

•             Minerals

•             Digestive anatomy & physiology: ruminants & nonruminants

•             Feedstuff evaluation: digestibility, energy, protein

•             Forage: forms, intake & feed consumption

•             Feeding patterns: daily rhythms and behaviour

•             Feed additives: growth & immune boosting, antimicrobial

•             Feeding standards: maintenance & growth, reproduction/lactation

•             The use of computer programmes in animal nutrition

•             Nutrition & feeding cattle & sheep

•             Nutrition, feeding & health of poultry

•             Equine nutrition

•             Nutrition for companion animals (dogs, cats)

•             Assessment: Individual presentation

•             Antimicrobials – veterinary considerations – to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Antiparasitics – ectoparasites and helminths - to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Growth promoters – to include rationale, problems, types of drug used

•             Doping – horses and other species

•             Basic principles of toxicology – acute vs chronic, eating habits, role of metabolism, principles of therapy

•             Agrochemical poisoning – herbicides, insecticides

•             Food toxicology; a veterinary perspective

•             In-class test MCQ

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online ONLINE PRESENTATION 65

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

A detailed knowledge of the nutrition of companion and livestock species using a variety of assessment methods. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework - 1500 word article - Deadline teaching week 7

Online presentation (15min video) - Exam period 

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have the opportunity to submit an article for formative peer assessment during timetabled sessions. A pre presentation and writing training session will be available.

Module aims

  • Provide an overview of the principles of animal nutrition, toxicology and pharmacology

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition KT
002 Identify the essential micro and macronutrients for animals KCT
003 Explain how feedstuff is evaluated and discuss standards applied for animal growth through the lifecycle KCT
004 Competently handle a range of companion and livestock animal species KP
005 Safely handle animals in order to fat score (body condition score) as part of the process for taking nutritional histories
006 Describe the forms of forage and how they influence feed consumption K
007 Explain the principles of veterinary toxicology KCT
008 Explain the principles of veterinary pharmacology K
009 Evaluate considerations relating to animal-specific nutrition and feeding CT
010 Take nutritional histories and advise basic diets for a number of species
011 Evaluate considerations relating to toxicology and pharmacology in animals CT
012 Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management PT
013 Communicate effectively orally and in written work PT
014 Participate in group discussions and on group assignments PT
015 Investigate and analyse problems CT
016 Integrate numerical & non-numerical information CT
017 Identify feedstuffs KP
018 Use ration and feed evaluation programmes KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop independent thinking and analytical skills. Furthermore, the teaching and learning strategy aims to develop written and oral presentations skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:






Independent learning

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Food Science and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.