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ANEQ 322 - Pet Nutrition

  • 2 credits
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An estimated 60% of behavior problems in dogs and cats are diet related. This course strives to provide students with a basic understanding of dietary requirements for healthy, happy companion animals. Topics covered include basic nutrients, nutrient requirements, feeding practices, prescription diets, developments in pet foods, and sources of nutrients for traditional domestic pets as well as exotics, birds, and wildlife.


Principles of Animal Nutrition or Principles of Nutrition: Equine Applications or Human Nutrition

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Nancy Irlbeck
Nancy Irlbeck

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Nancy Irlbeck, Ph.D., was an animal nutritionist at Colorado State University for 27 years and retired in 2016 to join the faculty at Washington State University. At WSU she is happily still teaching nutrition as a Comparative Nutritionist (in her retirement!!!). She has traveled the world and incorporates her experiences into stories. Using stories has become her trademark form of teaching! For over 22 years while at CSU she served as the Consulting Nutritionist for the Denver Zoo. To stay current, she attends comparative nutrition conferences and has connected to exotic animal nutritionists world-wide to expand her working knowledge. She and her husband have a flock of rare wool sheep in Idaho and she is often found in the barn working with the animals. She believes fervently that you NEVER stop learning and that with everyday changes, it is essential to bring those changes into the classroom (face to face or virtual)!