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Spring Semester 2023 Course Spotlight

Jan. 3, 2023

Spring Semester 2023 Course Spotlight


Animal Sciences 3131

What do racehorses eat? Fast food!

Good nutrition is the foundation of horse health. Students interested in learning key concepts in nutrition as it applies to equine management systems and who want to contribute to the respectful management of horses and the environment should consider taking Animal Sciences 3131:Animal Sciences 3131 Equine Feeds & Feeding in spring semester 2023. This course focuses on the nutrient needs of the horse and the significance of supplements    and feeds as they related to nutrition and health. Understanding of the key concepts the course teaches will help with the nutritional management of horses to reduce the occurrence of colic, obesity, metabolic syndrome, laminitis, rhabdomyolysis, and stereotypic, abnormal, or unwanted behaviors caused by incorrect nutrition. Animal Sciences 3131, taught by Elizabeth Share, will be in person on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-2:05 pm in 111N Animal Science Building.


Animal Sciences 5090

Trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi collectively form the gut microbiome. Trust your gut and enroll in Animal Sciences 5090 Gut Microbiology for spring semester 2023. This course studies the major microorganisms of the gastrointestinal tract of animals and humans, their microbial Animal Sciences 5090 metabolism and functions, interactions with each other and with hosts, and impact on host nutrition and health. Learn how the microbiome affects the body from birth and throughout life by controlling the digestion of food, immune system, central nervous system, and other bodily processes. Animal Sciences 5090, taught by Dr. Zhongtang Yu, will be online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:50 pm.