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.
ANEQ 320 (Principles of Animal Nutrition) or ANEQ 345 (Principles of Nutrition: Equine Applications) or FSHN 350 (Human Nutrition).
Textbooks and Materials
No textbook is required for this course.
Nancy Irlbeck, Ph.D., was an animal nutritionist at Colorado State University for 27 years and recently retired in 2016 to join the faculty at Washington State University where she is happily still teaching nutrition (in her retirement!!!). For over 22 years while at CSU she served as the Consulting Nutritionist for the Denver Zoo. Since then she still does pro bono work for several other zoos to stay current. 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)!