Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 110
Course Title:
Animal Nutrition
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Course Description

Introduces various types of nutrients, the basic principles of nutrition as applied to exotic animals, principles of diet formulation, and important nutritionally caused diseases. Explores nutritional needs of orphaned animals, geriatric animals and nutrient requirements across taxa. Department permission required. Prerequisites: MTH 65 and (CH 100 or 104). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

Design a diet that provides all essential and desirable nutrients to ensure longevity, desirable weight, and well-being in captivity using scientific nutritional literature based upon the species, age, sex and health of an animal.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions and team problem-solving.  Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Research paper utilizing scientific nutritional literature
  • Preparation for and participation in team problem-solving sessions regarding captive animal nutrition issues

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Nutritional terminology
  • Feed analysis
  • Zoo animal nutrition software
  • Nutrients - functions, metabolism, sources, deficiences/toxicities
    • Carbohydrates & Fiber
    • Fats
    • Protein
    • Minerals & Vitamins
    • Water
  • Feed Additives
  • Forage Harvesting & Use
  • Metabolism
  • Gastrointestinal Anatomy
  • Commissary Management
  • Feed manufacturing & Diet formulation
  • Feed selection, intake, & toxicity
  • Nutrition of specific taxa - nutrient requirements, sample diets, nutritional disorders
    • Fishes
    • Herps
    • Birds
    • Equine, rhinos, & elephants
    • Ruminants
    • Rabbits & rodents
    • Cats & dogs
    • Specialized zoo animal issues (primates, geriatrics, handrearing, etc)

Process Skills

  • Formulate a diet for animals.
  • Identify potential causes of observed nutritional disorders.
  • Solve nutritional problems encountered in a zoo environment through discussions with teams of colleagues.