118.771 Advances in Ruminant Nutrition for Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Ian Lean BVSc (Syd) DVSc PhD (Calif) MANZCVS

What will you learn?

On this course you will learn about recent advances in nutrition science, and how to couple these with practical feed assessment and formulation. All with the objective of maximising health and production in ruminant species focussing on dairy as a base system. For aspects of coursework we encourage you to select the species or system that is of key interest to you.

How the course works

Advances in ruminant nutrition is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research and reviews to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the advances in ruminant nutrition course include: lecturer authored course notes, the opportunity to attend real time webinars with Ian in each module and a student orientated contact course with guest lecturers. Join Ian for an in-depth, interactive study of Ruminant Nutrition.

With the MVM programme you have the flexibility to study when and where you want and the support of the MVM team to gain an internationally-recognised veterinary qualification that will help you in your practice every day.

Your lecturer

Ian’s general interests are in improving the profitability of ruminant production. A Sydney graduate, Ian has spent time in veterinary practice and completed his PhD in 1990 at Davis with majors in Nutrition and Epidemiology. He has been on faculty at the Universities of California and Sydney. Ian is an Adjunct Professor in Veterinary Science and specialist in medicine (Production and Medicine of Dairy Cattle), registered in most states of Australia.  He is a past president of the Australian  Association of Cattle Veterinarians and the Cattle Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

He is well published and has been recipient of both the Australian veterinary professions highest honour (Gilruth Prize in 2009) and the Australian Dairy Science Award (2010). Currently he is managing director of SBScibus a company involved in research and providing integrated advisory services to dairy, beef and sheep properties.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop face to face or an online option for some sessions
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online case discussion
  • Webinars
  • Lecturer facilitation of case discussions

Assessment

  • Written assignments
  • Online participation
  • Paper-based exam in a centre near you

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: no textbook is required for this course.

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2018 are NZ$6550. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a 3 day on-campus workshop held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This will build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions  and discussions of experiences in your own practice.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

The Contact Workshop will next run between 20-22 June 2017

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2016
Course start 27 February 2017
Exam period 30 October - 15 November 2017
Course end 15 November 2017

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

Massey University

In 2018 Massey University will celebrate 55 years of veterinary education.

Read more about the qualifications and courses in the MVM programme, how to enrol and fees, our supportive distance learning community and key dates and timing.

www.mvm.massey.ac.nz

Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey