Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Jun 25, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANSC 6200 - Nutrition of Cats and Dogs

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).

Prerequisite: ANSC 2120 . Co-meets with ANSC 4200 .

N. Trottier.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge on cat and dog nutrition to prepare them for careers in animal nutrition research, veterinary medicine, and the pet food industry. The course is divided into 5 modules. The first part of the course discusses ingredient and nutrient requirements of felids and canids by teaching students to integrate knowledge of evolutionary feeding habits, gastrointestinal anatomy, digestive processes, and nutrient metabolism. The second part covers practical feedings through the teaching of feed ingredient sourcing and processing, and the pet food manufacturing regulations. The third focusses on metabolic disorders of nutrient metabolism. Learning activities consist of daily student reflections, designing hypothesis-driven questions, discussing peer-reviewed articles, and presenting a final project.

Outcome 1: Evaluate ingredient and nutrient adequacy of commercial foods for domestic felids and canids.

Outcome 2: Evaluate best feeding practices for a domestic felid and canid with a given common underlying metabolic disorder.

Outcome 3: Design a complete feed for a domestic felid and canid.

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