Nutritional Study Design
Type: Project Plan
Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
1 Identify the general features of the different classes of feeds and the constituents of feeds that supply nutrients to the animal
2 State the general anatomical features of the digestive systems of the different species of animals, and differentiate between the type of digestive system they have, and the feeds they select.
3 Outline the digestion and absorption processes and demonstrate the role of the different segments of the gastrointestinal tract
4 Analyse the interactions between nutrients, and the impact of that on the utilisation of feed by animals.
5 Explain the fundamental differences in digestion and metabolism between the simple stomach animal and the ruminant animal.
6 Use feed and animal requirement tables to assess the nutritional status of animals and design diets to meet their needs.
7 Get familiar with basic laboratory procedure including the sampling and preparation of feed for analysis, handling feed analysis data, and reporting of results.
Develop a proposal for a nutrition study.
– Pick a nutritional topic
– Pick a species canine or feline pick one
– Review few papers related to the topic
– Come up with an objective which needs further research
– Develop a short proposal including:
– Introduction and description of the problem
– Aims and objectives
-Suggested materials and methods including number of animals / replicates / feeding trial / duration / samples to be analyzed
The Criteria will include:
Understanding of the topic
Logical and practical format
Quality of written communication
Word limit: 2000 words.