Nutrition and Health VETSCI5038

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will facilitate students to gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of how diet can influence normal health, disease and welfare in production and companion animals.


5 week course. Approximately 1h lectures weekly, plus tutorial sessions and workbased learning.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The summative assessment for this course will comprise of developing a detailed and informative booklet for an intended audience - this will be either professional, para-professional or lay person (100%).

Course Aims

The course will enable students to evaluate the impact of diet on normal health and in the pathogenesis of disease states, and will allow them to outline appropriate dietary advice to maintain health, welfare and wellbeing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 


■ Critically evaluate the impact of diet on production or companion animal health;

■ Examine the interrelationship between diet and health, and diet and disease;

■ Describe the appropriate nutritional advice based on the dietary management of animals to maintain health, prevent disease and manage diet-related ill health, be they professionals, para-professionals or lay persons.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.