Animal Husbandry C (Feed and Nutrition) Online Course

Animal Husbandry C (Feed and Nutrition) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Animal Nutrition Online Course

Learn the composition of a range of feeds including pasture, fodder crops, grasses, cereals, seed, and other edible plants. This course also explains the role of proteins, vitamins and minerals in animal diets. It equips you with the skills required to evaluate feeding and select appropriate feeds – for digestibility and nutritional content – applicable to real life farming situations.


  • 100 hours
  • Online and self-paced
  • 12 months to complete
  • Printed Notes Available
  • Get expert tutor support from practicing Australian Vets.

Course Aims:

  • Describe the range of livestock feeds and feeding methods available for animal production, using accepted industry terminology.
  • Explain the role of energy foods, including the sources and functions of those foods, in animal diets.
  • Explain the function of the major nutritional groups, including proteins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements in animal diets.
  • Explain the on-farm methods used to evaluate feeding, including selection of feeds and feed digestibility.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of pastures, including grasses, cereals, and other edible plants, and their by-products for animal feeds.
  • Explain the dietary value of seeds, including oil seeds, legume seeds and their by-products as food sources for animals.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of fodder plants, including trees and shrubs and their by-products, as a food source in animal production.
  • Determine suitable feed rations for a farm animal maintenance program.
  • Analyse the method(s) to determine suitable feed rations in a farm animal production program.
  • Evaluate the dietary value of protein in an animal production program.
  • Explain the factors affecting the composition of feed rations in animal production.


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

Introduction to Animal Foods

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Groups of Foods
  • Other Terms That Are Used
  • Food Processing Terms
  • Water

Food Components - Carbohydrates and Fats

  • Carbohydrates
  • Carbohydrates as a Source Of Energy
  • Fats and Oils
  • Adipose Tissue Deposits in Animals
  • Fat Deposits in Different Animals

Food Components - Proteins, Minerals, and Trace Elements

  • Composition of Proteins
  • The Build Up Of Proteins
  • Biological Value of Protein
  • Protein Content of Foods
  • The Function of Protein
  • Feeding Urea to Ruminants
  • Major Minerals
  • Trace Elements
  • Vitamins

Evaluating Foods and Digestibility

  • Analysis of Feed Stuff
  • Calculating Digestibility
  • Protein Value
  • Energy Value
  • Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods

Classifying Foods (Part A)

  • Cereals and Cereal By-Products
  • Brewing By-Products
  • Grasses, Legumes and Succulents
  • Lucerne
  • Sainfoin
  • Other Succulent Foods
  • Roughage, Hay, Silage and Dried Grass

Classifying Foods (Part B)

  • Oil and Legume Seeds
  • Oil Seeds and Their Products
  • Legume Seeds

Classifying Foods (Part C)

  • Fodder Trees and Animal Products
  • Fodder Trees and Shrubs
  • Animal Products

Calculating Rations (Part A)

  • The Object of Rationing
  • Nutritional Requirements of the Animal
  • Calculating a Maintenance Ration
  • Cattle at Pasture
  • Working Out Rations for a Herd

Calculating Rations (Part B)

  • Nutrient Requirements for a Dairy Cow
  • Working Out the Total Requirements
  • Feeding a Ration to Meet Nutrient Needs
  • The Dairy Ration

Calculating Rations (Part C)

  • Ready Mix Feeds
  • Using Protein Contents
  • A Summary of Rationing
  • Further Considerations in Rationing

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.