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Principles of Animal Nutrition - From Fundamentals to Feeding

Principles of Animal Nutrition deals with classification and function of nutrients, deficiency symptoms, digestive processes, characterization of feedstuffs, and formulation of diets for domestic animals.

In this single course, learn all aspects of nutrition for domestic animals, from fundamentals of nutrition through feeds and feeding. The principles apply to all mammalian and avian species, but there will be an emphasis on swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry and horses. Feeds most commonly used in the United States will be emphasized, but feeds and principles of their use that are important to animals throughout the world will be considered.

Prerequisite Requirement for Vet School

Principles of Animal Nutrition meets the background requirement for application to colleges of Veterinary Medicine requiring animal nutrition (please check your school of interest to confirm).

Textbook Information: Pond, Church, Pond and Schoknecht. Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding. (Highly recommended)

Application Instructions

ANSC 22100 - Application Instructions

Important dates

Fall 2024*

Term: August 19-December 16, 2024
First day to apply: Jan 31, 2024
Last day to apply: August 12, 2024
First day to be registered: May 2, 2024
Last day to be registered: October 22, 2024

Spring 2024*

Applications will open early September.
Term: Jan 8-May 4, 2024
First day to apply: early September 2023
Last day to apply: Jan. 1, 2024
First day to be registered: October 16, 2023
Registration shut down: Nov 15-Dec 3, 2023
Last day to be registered: March 1, 2024

Summer 2024*

Term: May 13-August 2, 2024
First day to apply: December 11, 2023
Last day to apply: June 3, 2024
First day to be registered: Feb 26, 2024
Last day to be registered: June 26, 2024

*If you are registered after the first week of the course starting, you will have to pre-pay for the course and may be subject to a $200 late registration fee.

***Dates are subject to change. Please revisit this website or email for updated information.

Tuition and Fees (For ANSC 221 Only)

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition & Fees $1,043.55 $1,537.14
Application Fee $60 (non-refundable) $60 (non-refundable)

Cancellation Policy

If an individual wishes to drop the course, students will need to complete the withdraw form located here. You can find the drop deadlines and refund policy here. Application fees are non-refundable.


Dale Forsyth

Purdue University
Dept of Animal Science
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Fax: 765.494.9346

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