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Animal Nutrition and Welfare

The course intends to give advanced knowledge of how nutrition influences animal welfare, including aspects on animal health as well as animal behavior.

HV0201 Animal Nutrition and Welfare, 15.0 Credits

Djurnutrition och djurvälfärd

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

- 180 credits at first cycle level
- 90 credits animal science, biology, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine
-90 credits in agricultural sciences, of which 30 credits in animal science or zoology
-English 6


The course intends to give advanced knowledge of how nutrition influences animal welfare, including aspects on animal health as well as animal behavior.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- describe relationships between nutrition, health, and welfare in animals in detail,
- relate different effects of bioactive substances to animal health,
- explain the principles of appetite regulation and its relationship with animal welfare
- describe and discuss at a general level pros and cons with different feeding and management systems,
- discuss interactions between breeding and nutrition,
- suggest and be able to, in practice, apply different analytical tools that reflect animal welfare and production capacity and also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different tools,
- integrate knowledge of how feeds, feeding, management, metabolism and behavior affects animal welfare and also the global food supply from a sustainability perspective,
- independently search, critically review and summarize scientific texts with relevance for animal nutrition and welfare.


The course is based on scientific literature, lectures, group discussions, on-farm practical and an individual project. The lectures focus mainly on the effects of feed on animal welfare in food producing animals on land and in water and sport and companion animals. Animal health, behaviour, nutrient requirements, resource utilization, hygienic quality of feed and environmental impact are considered throughout the course. In the individual project, the students are also able to suggest their own topic relevant to the course or choose from a list of projects.

Compulsory components occur in e g group work, presentations, group discussions, projects and practical exercises.

In the course, the following general skills are trained: critical evaluation of research papers, oral and written communication of science.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed examinations. Passed participation in compulsory teaching.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course assumes knowledge in nutrition as well as basic knowledge in feed science. The course includes 5 credits in nutrition.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management
Cooperating departments:
Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: HV0055, HV0128
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0201 Application code: SLU-30218 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%