ANIMAL NUTRITION, TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY - 2017/8

Module code: BMS2054

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HOLLANDS TH Dr (Vet Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

D327

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Study Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 1

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 500 WORD ABSTRACT AND 1000 WORD LAY ARTICLE 40%
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION 40%
Coursework MCQ 20%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

IN TAKING THIS MODULE, YOU CANNOT IN THE SAME YEAR TAKE BMS2069

Module overview

In this module you will study the essential micro and macronutrients for animals and understand how feedstuff is evaluated.  You will also study the different forms of forage that are available and how they influence feed consumption. Furthermore, you will study the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition. Using lab based ration programmes, you will be able to apply your knowledge to formulate diets across the species.  The module will also introduce the basic principles of veterinary toxicology and veterinary pharmacology and how these influence companion animal and commercial livestock production. A 2 hr gut dissection will be provided for students.

Module aims

Provide an overview of the principles of animal nutrition, toxicology and pharmacology

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the species specific anatomical and physiological differences relevant to animal nutrition KT
Identify the essential micro and macronutrients for animals KCT
Explain how feedstuff is evaluated and discuss standards applied for animal growth through the lifecycle KCT
Describe the forms of forage and how they influence feed consumption K
Explain the principles of veterinary toxicology KCT
Explain the principles of veterinary pharmacology K
Evaluate considerations relating to animal-specific nutrition and feeding CT
Evaluate considerations relating to toxicology and pharmacology in animals CT
Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management PT
Communicate effectively orally and in written work PT
Participate in group discussions and on group assignments PT
Investigate and analyse problems CT
Integrate numerical & non-numerical information CT
Identify feedstuffs KP
Use ration and feed evaluation programmes KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Topic

•             Introduction & Macronutrients

•             Vitamins

•             Minerals

•             Digestive anatomy & physiology: ruminants & nonruminants

•             Feedstuff evaluation: digestibility, energy, protein

•             Forage: forms, intake & feed consumption

•             Feeding patterns: daily rhythms and behaviour

•             Feed additives: growth & immune boosting, antimicrobial

•             Feeding standards: maintenance & growth, reproduction/lactation

•             The use of computer programmes in animal nutrition

•             Nutrition & feeding cattle & sheep

•             Nutrition, feeding & health of poultry

•             Equine nutrition

•             Nutrition for companion animals (dogs, cats)

•             Assessment: Individual presentation

•             Antimicrobials – veterinary considerations – to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Antiparasitics – ectoparasites and helminths - to include resistance, withdrawal times

•             Growth promoters – to include rationale, problems, types of drug used

•             Doping – horses and other species

•             Basic principles of toxicology – acute vs chronic, eating habits, role of metabolism, principles of therapy

•             Agrochemical poisoning – herbicides, insecticides

•             Food toxicology; a veterinary perspective

•             In-class test MCQ

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop independent thinking and analytical skills. Furthermore, the teaching and learning strategy aims to develop written and oral presentations skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures – 30.5hrs

Presentations – 4hrs

Independent learning  - 97hrs

Self directed learning 5.5hrs

Workshops 4hrs

In-class test MCQs 2hrs

Practical animal handling 7hrs 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

A detailed knowledge of the nutrition of companion and livestock species and appreciate the principles of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written work – Deadline teaching week 7

Presentation - Deadline teaching week  10 &11

In-class test MCQ - Deadline teaching week 11

Formative assessment and feedback

Short tests will be used to asess the students progress throughout the module. 

A pre presentation and essay training  session will be available 

Reading list

Reading list for ANIMAL NUTRITION, TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2054

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.