Course code Vete4104

Credit points 1.50

Forage Production and Animal Nutrition III

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours20

Date of course confirmation22.11.2017

Responsible UnitClinical Institute

Course developers

author lect.

Kristīne Drevinska

Mg. med. vet.

author lect.

Anete Freiberga

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

Ķīmi3004, Biochemistry

LauZ1019, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition I

LauZ2028, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition II

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete4034, Cytology, Histology and Embryology II

Vete4035, Cytology, Histology and Embryology I

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

Domestic Animal Nutrition provides knowledge about the needs of the animal's (dogs, cats and small exotic animals) body for essential nutrients such as water, carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, fat, vitamins and minerals. Balancing of the food products and suitability for certain age and physiological condition are studied during this course. Students acquire basic principles of choice of the right diet in health and disease.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Basic knowledge of feed science, types of pet food and feeding regimes for domestic (pet) animals. Understanding of the basic principles of balanced nutrition - necessity for nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, microelements, proteins, carbohydrates, fat and provision of nutrients with different types of feed – tests.
2. Skills to choose an appropriate diet for pet animal depending on the health status, age and species – lectures, seminars.
3. Competence – To independently compile a nutrition plan for the patient, depending on its physiological and clinical status – lectures, seminars.

Course Content(Calendar)

12 lectures and 8 seminars
1. Clinical nutrition. Evaluation of animal and feeding plan development – 1 lecture.
2. Nutrients-water, energy, carbohydrates, fiber, protein (amino acids), fat – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
3. Commercial feed, its types, basic principles of production. Commercial food labeling and quality requirements in the EU. Raw material selection, feed production control – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
4. Home-made feed - products used, indications. Feed safety – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
5. Basic principles of raw feeding for dogs and cats – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
6. Clinically healthy dog and cat feeding related to age and physiological state - old, young animals, pregnancy, increased workload – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
7. Therapeutic diets - Specific nutrition for acute diseases, enteral, parenteral nutrition – 1lecture and 1 seminar – 1st test.
8. Therapeutic diet for orthopedic disease, weight loss, obesity – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
9. Therapeutic diets for food intolerance, nutritional allergy, gastrointestinal diseases, urolithiasis, renal insufficiency, endocrine diseases – 1 lecture and 1 seminar.
10. Exotic animal feeding - small mammals, rodents.
11. Exotic animal feeding - reptiles and birds.
12. One lecture - 2nd test

Requirements for awarding credit points

All the seminars have been visited.
The final mark to pass this study course consists of the average mark of the 2 passed tests.
The lowest successful grade in the test is given if 60% of all questions are correctly answered.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The tasks of homework are assessed in accordance with the tasks specified in the practical work (seminars).
After the indicated sources of literature and handouts, the student independently acquires separate sections of the study subject in order to successfully complete the entire study subject.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the practical work.
The study course is evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the Latvia University of life Sciences and Technologies Study Regulations and the lowest successful grade in the test is given if 60% of all questions are correctly answered.
The final mark is the arithmetic mean of both tests.

Compulsory reading

1.Case L.P., Carey D.P., Hirakaawa D.A. Canine and Feline nutrition A Resource for companion animal professionals. Louis: Mosby. 1995 2. Hand M.S., Thatceher C.D., Remillard R.L., Roudebush P. Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. 4th edition. Missouri: Mark Morris Institute, 2000. 3. Pond W.G., Church D.C., Pond K.R. Basic animal nutrition and feeding. John Wiley& Sons,1995 4. Пибо П., Бьюрж В., Эллиотт Д. Энциклопедия клинического питания собак. Можайск: Медия Лайн, 2006.

Further reading

1. Birchard S.J., Sherding R.G. Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice. 3rd ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2006. 2. Hand M.D. , Novotny B.J. Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. 4th edition. Mark Morris institute. 2002. 3. Симпсон Дж.В., Андерсон Р.С., Маркуелл П.Дж. Клиническое питание собак и кошек: руководство для ветеринарного врача. Пер. с англ. Е. Махиянова. Москва: Аквариум, 2000.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Animal Feed Science and Technology. Journal. Elsevier. ISSN: 0377-8401 2. The European Journal of Companion Animal Practice. The official Journal of Fecava. Publisher: Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. ISSN: 1018-2357 3. The Veterinary Journal. Elsevier. ISSN: 1090-0233


Compulsory subject in Veterinary medicine, 5th semester