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Feeding Animals Short Course



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Feeding Animals Short Online Course:

Learn how to feed the animals in your care a nutritious diet, which will contribute to their general well-being.

This course will help you to achieve this and more, by teaching you about the composition of animal feeds, the nutrition requirements of different animals, plus the disorders caused by bad nutrition.

Whether for companion animals, pets, livestock or wildlife, this short course will help you to understand how to manage animal feed for both personal and professional purposes, and can also  provide the springboard to continue your studies with longer more in-depth programmes.



Lesson 1: Introduction to Feeding Animals and Industry Opportunities

  • Eating and drinking anatomical adaptations
  • Classification of animals – mode of feeding or feed types
  • Mode of feeding classification
  • Digestive systems – general and specialised
  • Recent animal feed industry concerns 
  • Industry opportunities and employment 
  • Working in animal feed industries
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 2: The composition of Feed

  • Feed analysis
  • Classification of feed stuffs & animal protein sources 
  • Protein 
  • Carbohydrate
  • Fibre
  • Fats (lipids)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 3: Forage 

  • Composition of plant tissues as an animal food
  • Terms used to describe aspects of feed quality
  • Pasture / grass
  • Pasture hays 
  • Silage 
  • Root crops 
  • Trees for fodder 
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 4: Concentrates

  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 5: Feed Additives

  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 6 Managing Feed Production and Supply

  • Hay and silage production
  • Grassland management – promoting the health of the pasture
  • Grassland management – promoting the nutritional intake of animals
  • Pasture management principles 
  • Hydroponic fodder production 
  • Managing feed supply 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 7 Feeding Small Companion Animals and Pets

  • Dogs 
  • Cats 
  • Rodents
  • Rabbits 
  • Ferrets 
  • African pygmy hedgehog
  • Birds 
  • Fish 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 8 Feeding Livestock

  • Browsers, grazers, intermediate feeders 
  • Pigs 
  • Chickens 
  • Cattle 
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Deer 
  • Alpacas 
  • Llamas 
  • Horses 
  • Feeding routines and procedures 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 9 Feeding Wildlife

  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians 
  • Birds 
  • Mammals 
  • Pandas and their relatives 
  • Marsupials 
  • Lagomorphs and rodents 
  • Wild carnivores 
  • Ungulates 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 10 Eating and Nutritional Disorders in Animals 

  • Review what you have been learning



This course is completed entirely online, including lessons, self-assessment tests, plus obtaining your certificate at the end, which is immediately downloadable after successful completion. Please note that there is no tutor support, as it is not required. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

  1. Study lesson 1.
  2. When you are ready, take the self-assessment test. Retake until you reach the required level of learning.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the following 9 lessons.
  4. Take the final assessment.
  5. Download your certificate of completion, with your name on it.

Now you are ready to stand out at a job interview, or put your newly acquired knowledge to use straightaway.

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Feeding Animals Short Course Feeding Animals Short Course
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