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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Equine Science

Postgraduate Course: Equine Digestion and Nutrition (EQSC11035)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe topics covered in this course are integrated with those covered in previous courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Vet Med Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group wiki assignment (40%)
Essay assignment (60%)
Feedback Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example course feedback surveys and a response from the equine science team to previous year's course survey are available on each course. Staff Student Liaison meetings are also another valuable way in which feedback from students can be received.

Opportunities for feedback arise during timetabled courses, for example during live session tutorials, discussion boards, emails, telephone communication and in person/on campus. Feedback can be provided on coursework assignments but also activities which are not formally assessed, for example class discussion on the discussion board, group exercise, problem-solving and developing project plans and proposals. A formative task is provided in each course which provides formative feedback prior to the student submitting their first piece of assessed course work.

All assignments, including the formative assessment, will be marked and feedback is provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the anatomy of the equine gastrointestinal tract, discuss the digestive physiology of equids and appraise its limitations in relation to nutrient digestion.
  2. Describe the various diseases/disorders that can affect the gastrointestinal tract of equids.
  3. Recognise and critically appraise nutrient sources for all types of equids.
  4. Inspect the nutrient requirements of horses and critically assess the methods used to evaluate the nutritive value of feedstuffs for equids.
  5. Define nutrient requirements and carry out ration evaluations for equids in various circumstances
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Neil Hudson
Tel: (0131 6)50 6589
Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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