Wildlife Nutrition and Feeding Degree

Course unit title:

Wildlife Nutrition and Feeding Degree in:

Master Course in Wildlife Management, Conservation, And Control (WMCC)







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Learning outcomes of the course unit:

This course will be the opportunity for the students to become familiar with nutrition and feeding of wild animals. It will focus on the main chemical and nutritive characteristics of feeds, feeding of wild animals, providing the student with knowledge about the metabolic use of nutrients and about feed for farmed wild animals (recognition, appearance and nutritive value), the formulation of diets and the feeding technique for farmed wild animals. This course will provide students with the tools to face the most common problems related to the management of feeding  farmed wild animals.


Course contents:

The lessons will aim to understand the main chemical and nutritive characteristics of feeds and their utilization in the animals.  The specific topics will be:

Classification of the feeds and their main chemical nutritive traits.

Recognition the main feeds for animals.

Links between the biochemical principles of metabolism, the biochemical principles of feed and the methods for preparing/administering feed.

Most common diets for farmed wild animals and their main chemical nutritive traits.

Recommended or require reading and course materials:

Peter McDonald, J. F. D. Greenhalgh, C.A. Morgan "Animal Nutrition". Ed.: Pearson Education Limited  https://www.slideshare.net/aymanabohazem/animal-nutrition-7th-edition

Other books and tutorials will be suggested during the course.


Mode of delivery:

Frontal lesson and practical “hands on” lesson in groups

Teaching methods:

Tutorials, seminars, ongoing tests and exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria:

Students will be graded based on written and oral exam. The exam will take place on the days immediately after the course and last a maximum of 2 hours.