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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077491, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BASICS OF ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIA BAILONI AGR/18
Other lecturers REBECCA RICCI AGR/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/18 Animal Nutrition and Feeding 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BAILONI LUCIA (Presidente)
RICCI REBECCA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BAILONI LUCIA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have solid knowledge of biochemistry, anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract of vertebrates.
Required foundation courses: none
Target skills and knowledge: To develop theoretical knowledge on the basis of animal nutrition in vertebrates.
The course will provide students with opportunities to get knowledge and practical tools useful to assess energy and nutrients requirements of laboratory (rat, mouse, zebrafish, dog, birds) and wild animal species, feed evaluation and feeding management.
Examination methods: Written test with multiple choice and open questions. Some exercises will be included.
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. Student is expected to gain experience in animal nutrition and feeding with regard to laboratory species (rat, mouse, zebrafish, dog, birds) and wild species and to use appropriate technical language.
Course unit contents: The course lecturers will cover:
- the classification of animals based on their feeding habit;
- the concepts of essentiality, minimum requirements, recommended dietary allowance;
- nutritional role, functions, interactions and natural sources of macronutrients (water, fat, carbohydrates, protein) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins);
- nutritional evaluation of feeds: chemical composition, digestibility using metabolic cages, nutritive value, biological value;
- factors affecting palatability and voluntary intake;
- energy and nutrients requirements (maintenance, growth, pregnancy, lactation);
- regulation on feed and additives used in animal nutrition, labeling, contaminants
- feed classification, processing, storage, preparation and distribution

Laboratory sessions and practical activities will cover:
- laboratory sessions of chemical, physical and biological analyses of feeds, which will be organized by dividing students into 3 groups;
- interpretation of feeds labels;
- identification of vegetal-origin ingredients by using dedicated collections;
- visit to a natural zoological garden and visit to an enclosure with laboratory animals in order to evaluate the adopted feeding management and the preparation of diets addressed to both healthy and sick and recovering animals
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 32 hours of lectures and 16 hours oriented to external visits and practical activities to learn basic knowledge on the identification of raw materials and chemical analyses of feeds.
Practical activities will be performed by dividing the students into small groups.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Detailed learning objectives and weekly program are available on Moodle (

Office hours: daily by appointment with the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • National Research Council, Nutrient requirements of laboratory animals. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 1995. Fourth Revised Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. G. Kleiman, M. E. Allen, K. V. Thompson and S. Lumpkin, editors, Wild Mammals in Captivity. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Robbins C.T., Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition. --: Academies Press, 1996. Second edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fowler M. E., Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1978. Cerca nel catalogo
  • McDonald P., Greenhalgh J.F.D., Morgan C.A., Edwards R., Sinclair L., Animal Nutrition. Pearson Canada: e-book, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hand M.S., Thatcher C.D., Remillard R.L., Roudebush P., Novotny B.J., Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. Topeka, Kansas, USA: Mark Morris Institute, 2010. 5th Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cheeke P.R. and Dierenfeld E.S., Comparative animal nutrition and metabolism. --: CAB international, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)