Feed composition and evaluation VETSCI5034

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will facilitate students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the composition of feedstuffs commonly used in production and companion animals, and the variety of factors used to evaluate feedstuffs.


10 week course. Approximately 1h lectures weekly, plus tutorial sessions and workbased learning.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The summative assessment for this course will comprise of a case review (1500 words - 70%) and a set exercise comprised of extended matching questions (30%).

Course Aims

The course will provide students with detailed information about the nutritional basis of feedstuffs and methods of feed evaluation as relevant to ruminants and monogastrics, and how factors such as digestibility, energy partitioning and protein quality are affected.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Examine the nutritional composition of animal feedstuffs;

■ Outline the factors that can affect the composition of feedstuffs;

■ Critically appraise the methods used for feed evaluation;

■ Compare and contrast the digestibility of foods in ruminants and monogastrics;

■ Distinguish the energy content of foods and the partitioning of energy in ruminants and monogastrics;

■ Outline the protein content of foods and contrast measures of food protein and protein quality in ruminants and monogastrics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.