ASC332 Applied Animal Nutrition (8)

In this subject the study of ruminant nutrition is extended, particularly applied nutrition, with the review and analysis of rations and the management of major nutritional disorders. The nutritional requirements of non-ruminant animals including companion animal species, performance animals and animals of intensive production are investigated as well as discussion of nutritional deficiencies, imbalances and potential toxicities that may occur in these species. The relationships between animal nutrition, health, and production are examined. Feed contaminants including potentially toxic plants, plant secondary metabolites, mycotoxins and other environmental contaminants are also investigated.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the

  • Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Integrated Honours
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have prior knowledge of biochemistry, animal physiology and general animal nutrition.

Subject Relationships

VSC432 Paired Subject
VSC332 ASC332 will replace VSC332

Incompatible Subjects

VSC332, VSC432

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to formulate rations for farmed and companion animals for various physiological states based on the nutrient requirements of the species and the nutrient content of potential feed ingredients;
  • be able to analyse rations and commercial foods fed to farmed and companion animals and comment on the suitability of the ration/food;
  • be able to recognise and describe the interactions between animal nutrition, health and production;
  • be able to provide advice to clients on the nutritional requirements of companion animal species, including animals with special needs;
  • be able to identify plants and their associated toxic agents that commonly cause poisoning of farmed and companion animals, describing the toxin's mode of action and their direct and indirect effects on farmed and companion animals;
  • be able to list potential feed contaminants and describe their mode(s) of action when animals ingest these contaminants; and
  • be able to critically evaluate scientific literature and complex concepts presented in a scientific format and be able to apply and assimilate information from disparate sources to novel situations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • General nutrition: plant toxins and anti-nutritional factors; feed contaminants and toxicants; interactions between nutrition, health and production/performance;
  • Ruminant nutrition: nutrient requirement of cervids and camelids; nutrition related disorders, including acidosis, bloat, ketosis and pregnancy toxaemia, hypocalcaemia and hypomagnesaemia, and the nutritional management of the transition dairy cow;
  • Pig nutrition: nutrient requirements; and nutrition-related health disorders;
  • Equine nutrition: nutrient requirements; and nutrition related health disorders;
  • Companion animal nutrition: life-stage nutrition (pregnancy, lactation, and growth) and nutritional management of special needs patients; and
  • Poultry nutrition: nutrient requirements of layers and broilers; and nutrition-related disorders.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.