In the Animal Feed and Nutrition course you will learn the composition of a range of feeds used for animals on the farm, wildlife in zoos or your pet.

You will be able to understand how the breakdown of the nutrition needed for these various animals affects their growth, function and overall health.

If you are looking to work on a farm, or with a large range of animals such as in a zoo or veterinary clinic, this course applies to you.

There is the chance to also go onto further studies after this course. Please contact one of our course advisors to discuss this further.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction To Animal Foods
  2. Food Components: Carbohydrates, Fats
  3. Food Components: Proteins, Minerals
  4. Evaluating Foods & Digestibility
  5. Classifying Foods: Part A
  6. Classifying Foods: Part B
  7. Classifying Foods: Part C
  8. Calculating Rations: Part A
  9. Calculating Rations: Part B
  10. Calculating Rations: Part C
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Describe the range of livestock feeds and feeding methods available for animal production, using accepted industry terminology.
  • Explain the role of energy foods, including the sources and functions of those foods, in animal diets.
  • Explain the function of the major nutritional groups, including proteins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements in animal diets.
  • Explain the on-farm methods used to evaluate feeding including; selection of feeds and feed digestibility.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of pastures, including grasses, cereals, and other edible plants, and their by-products for animal feeds.
  • Explain the dietary value of seeds, including oil seeds, legume seeds and their by-products as food sources for animals.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of fodder plants, including trees and shrubs and their by-products, as a food source in animal production.
  • Determine suitable feed rations for a farm animal maintenance program.
  • Analyse the methods to determine suitable feed rations in a farm animal production program.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of protein in an animal production program.
  • Explain the factors affecting the composition of feed rations in animal production.