Small animal and exotics nutrition VETSCI5041

  • 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 determine the nutrient requirements of small pet animals and how diet plays a role in health and disease.


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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment (1500 words approx) 100%

Course Aims

The course will enable students to ascertain the nutritional requirements of small pet animals and how diet impacts on health and disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Determine and outline the factors that affect the nutrient requirements of small and exotic animals;

■ Critically evaluate the properties and roles of different types of pet food;

■ Examine the role of diet in relation to animal health, wellbeing and disease.

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.