Module: Nutritional Biochemistry and Feeding

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Simon Daniels
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours

Module content

Biochemistry of nutrients, digestive physiology, energy metabolism, feed identification and analyses, factors affecting voluntary feed intake in the horse.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Describe digestion absorption and metabolism of nutrients
  2. Recognise equid digestive anatomy
  3. Identify a range of feeds commonly fed to horses
  4. Repeat basic feed analyses and interpret commercial feed analyses 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Laboratory practical write-up 30%
Examination Exam (1.5 hours) 70%

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Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Ellis, A.D. and Hill, J. (2005) Nutritional physiology of the horse. Nottingham University Press.
  • Frandson, D.R. Wilke, W.L, and Fails A.D, (2009). (7th edition). Anatomy and physiology of farm animals. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Frape, D. (2010) Equine Nutrition and Feeding. (4th edition). Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell
  • McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A., Greenhalgh, J.F.D., Morgan, C.A., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G. (2011) Animal Nutrition. (7th edition). Harlow : Pearson Education Ltd.