Postgraduate Course: Equine Digestion and Nutrition (EQSC11023)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This module is designed to provide an in depth knowledge of equine digestion and nutrition, allowing students to pursue careers in research, industry or academia. The anatomy and physiology of the equine alimentary canal will be studied to provide students with a detailed understanding of the equine digestive system. The pathophysiology of selected equine alimentary diseases will also be studied. Information will be given on the nutrient requirements of horses involved in all types of work. Nutrient sources for horses will be discussed, with emphasis placed on the health and welfare issues surrounding the inclusion of various types of feedstuffs in horse diets. Evaluation of the methodologies used to determine the nutritive value of feedstuffs for horses will also be undertaken and will include a review of the current research and ethical issues surrounding experimentation in the horse. Students will also formulate diets for horses performing various activities and will be able to make recommendations on rations for all classes of equids, in health and disease.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The topics covered in this course are integrated with those covered in previous courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| - Explain the anatomy of the equine gastrointestinal tract, discuss the digestive physiology of equids and appraise its limitations in relation to nutrient digestion.
- Describe the various diseases/disorders that can affect the gastrointestinal tract of equids.
- Recognise and critically appraise nutrient sources for all types of equids.
- Critically assess the methods used to evaluate the nutritive value of feedstuffs for equids.
- Inspect the nutrient requirements of horses.
- Propose recommendations on rations for all classes of equids, in health and disease.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will be taught entirely by distance learning using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform.
|Keywords||Equine, nutrition, digestion, feeding
|Course organiser||Mrs Bryony Waggett
Tel: (0131 6)50 8783
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363