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. 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.

Ian will be assisted online by Will Tulley BVM&S CertCHP MANZCVS (Ruminant Nutrition) MRCVS (Adjunct Lecturer in Ruminant Nutrition at Massey University). Previously on the farm services team at Massey University, Will now works full-time in dairy cattle nutrition for Consultancy UK at Advanced Ruminant Nutrition.

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
  • Webinars with Ian and Will (recorded)

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion
  • Social forum


  • Written assignment
  • Ration formulation task
  • Online participation
  • Online final examination 

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.

Ian Lean

Contact/virtual WORKSHOP information

* Due to COVID-19, contact workshops may have to be virtual. Please check your Stream site once enrolled for the current information or contact mvm@massey.ac.nz for the current information before you enrol.  

The workshop is an opportunity for real-time interaction 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. 

For the best workshop experience, we recommend that you attend in real-time. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course.

Dates and Timings*

Dates and timings guide for next offering (2023)
Enrolments open October 2022
Course start February 2023
Contact Workshop Dates TBC
Exam period October - November 2023
Course end November 2023

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
For more information on delivery and course content please contact the MVM team.
Once enrolments open detailed offering information will be available via the Massey Course Search page.
A guide to costs can be found on the Massey Fees information page.