Advances in Ruminant Nutrition for Veterinarians

An advanced course on ruminant nutrition and feeding practices for veterinarians. Principles of microbial digestion in the rumen, absorption and utilisation of nutrients. Practical nutrition for enhancement of animals’ performance and health, including critical study of the evaluation of feeds, feed intakes and nutrient requirements. Practical assessments of animal and feed resources; ration formulation. Current developments in ruminant feeding technologies, including genetic modification of feeds and rumen flora.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

This course is available for practising veterinarians throughout the world to study by distance as a single course or as a component of a part-time Master of Veterinary Medicine or Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science.

All assessments are compulsory and students must achieve at least 50% in the final examination.

Expected prior learning

This course is available for practising veterinarians throughout the world.


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You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Critically appraise practices of livestock feeding in the context of relevant production systems feeding values of forages (legumes, herbs and grasses, temperate and tropical forages) and non-forage feeds.
  • 2 Describe the fermentation of forages by rumen micro-organisms, including the digestion of carbohydrate, protein and lipid and the production of fermentation gases. Appraise the utilisation of the end products of digestion by tissues of the ruminant animal.
  • 3 Effectively locate relevant literature, critically review and synthesise its contents to inform report writing, client communication and personal practice.
  • 4 Describe the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment (where relevant) of metabolic diseases (including health and reproduction) of ruminants.
  • 5 Evaluate the modes of action of production modifiers of ruminants and evaluate the effect of these on ruminants.
  • 6 Proficiently calculate energy, protein and mineral requirements of ruminant animals in various productive states, and formulate appropriate diets with due regard to the economic value of feed resources.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 40%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 20%
Participation 1 2 3 4 5 6 10%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 30%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.

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