XII. Course Descriptions

Animal Science

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

ANSC*2330 Horse Management Science F (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to horse management designed to give those with an interest in the various segments of the horse industry a strong scientific basis for production and management decisions. The course includes study of the evolution of our current industry, the biology of growth, performance and management of the equine athlete. The evaluation of conformation as it relates to performance as well as aspects of behaviour, nutrition, reproduction and genetics consistent with the level of the course are included.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040
Restriction(s): Registration in B.B.R.M. Equine Management.
ANSC*2340 Structure of Farm Animals W (3-1) [0.50]
An introduction to the carcass structure of cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. Animal growth and development are considered in relation to meat production. The course is for students intending to major in Animal Science and Animal Biology. (Also offered through Distance Education Format.)
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040
ANSC*3050 Aquaculture: Advanced Issues F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the fundamental principles and advanced interdisciplinary issues involved in the farming of aquatic organisms. The course will concentrate primarily on finfish species due to their worldwide commercial importance. Lectures will cover fish physiology, behaviour, nutrition, genetics, water quality, health and disease, reproductive techniques, economic, political and legal issues and various culture technologies. Students will analyze contemporary challenges facing the aquaculture industry through exercises requiring interdisciplinary knowledge, lateral thinking, creative problem solving and bridging science and technology to issues management. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): A minimum of 8.00 credits in biology, including AGR*2350 or ZOO*2090
Restriction(s): ANSC*2200
ANSC*3080 Agricultural Animal Physiology F (3-1.5) [0.50]
This course is an introduction to the physiology of domesticated farm animals. The course will emphasize homeostatic control of the major body systems. The lectures cover the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems. The lectures and laboratories are closely integrated.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580
Restriction(s): Registration in B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.Sc. Animal Biology
ANSC*3120 Introduction to Animal Nutrition F (3-2) [0.50]
This course applies the principles of nutrition to the development of diets and feeding programs for the various species of animals of agricultural importance. Department of Animal and Poultry Science.
Co-requisite(s): NUTR*3210
Restriction(s): Registration in B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.Sc. Animal Biology
ANSC*3170 Nutrition of Fish and Crustacea W (3-0) [0.50]
The nutrition of fish and crustaceans with emphasis on those species used in aquaculture. Nutritional biochemistry, nutritional pathology and comparative nutrition of cold blooded, ammonotelic animals mainly carnivorous, contrasted with warm blooded ureotelic omnivores. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): NUTR*3190 or NUTR*3210
Equate(s): NUTR*3340
ANSC*3180 Wildlife Nutrition W (3-0) [0.50]
A study of the nutrition of avian and mammalian wildlife with emphasis on North American species. The role of nutrition in survival and population growth of wildlife in their natural habitat. Formulation of diets for wild species in captivity.
Prerequisite(s): NUTR*3190 or NUTR*3210
Equate(s): NUTR*3350
ANSC*3210 Principles of Animal Care and Welfare W (3-1.5) [0.50]
Students will be introduced to the major ethical theories that deal with humanity's duties to animals. The relationship of ethics to science will be discussed. Factors that contribute to the quality of life of animals will be considered and methods of assessing animal welfare will be described. Common causes of reduced animal welfare will be covered. The course will also deal with how different cultures approach animal welfare and attempt to regulate it. (Also offered through Distance Education format.)
Prerequisite(s): A minimum of 7.50 credits including AGR*2350
Restriction(s): ANSC*3150
ANSC*3300 Animal Reproduction W (3-0) [0.50]
The course supplies basic knowledge to aid in the explanation of reproductive phenomena in domestic animals. Special attention will be given to the regulatory mechanisms of male and female fertility.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080
Restriction(s): ANSC*4120
ANSC*4020 Genetics of Companion Animals F (3-0) [0.50]
This course includes theoretical and applied aspects of practical breeding programs for performance, pleasure and hobby animal populations leading to genetic improvement and population stability. Quantitative genetics and biotechnology are integrated using case studies to develop practical and sustainable breeding programs for horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and hobby livestock. Legislative requirements governing animal registration and breed development are also explored.
Prerequisite(s): MBG*3060
ANSC*4050 Biotechnology in Animal Science F (3-2) [0.50]
Starting from the principles of recombinant DNA, DNA marker identification, stem cell and generation of transgenic animals, the course provides an overview on how biotechnology has impacted biomedical science and animal production. The current challenges and potential opportunities in this field are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): MBG*2000
ANSC*4090 Applied Animal Behaviour F (3-0) [0.50]
This course deals with why domesticated animals behave as they do with reference to causation, function, ontogeny and phylogeny. Basic principles are illustrated by examples taken from all the common domesticated and captive species. Emphasis is placed on the application of behavioural knowledge to improve captive environments and animal production systems. Designing housing, facilities and management procedures to suit the behaviour of the animals in question is also covered.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080
Restriction(s): ANSC*4070
ANSC*4100 Applied Environmental Physiology and Animal Housing W (3-0) [0.50]
Basic concepts of environmental physiology and their application to animal housing and management will be introduced. The course will review the physics of heat flow, light and air quality as they relate to animal biology and health. Other aspects, such as the physical environment, that impact on animal health and well-being will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080
Restriction(s): ANSC*4080
ANSC*4130 Reproductive Management and Technology W (3-3) [0.50]
The topics covered in this course relate to the management of reproductive events at the farm level in the major classes of domestic livestock. The course also provides an introduction to modern and emerging reproductive technologies as these relate to livestock propagation.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3300
ANSC*4230 Challenges and Opportunities in Animal Production F (0-6) [0.50]
This course will provide senior level students with experience in working as a team to propose solutions to animal industry problems. Teams of students will critically assess animal-related businesses at the farm or industry level under the supervision of a faculty member. Students and faculty will meet in the preceding Winter semester to identify common interests and develop a preliminary strategy.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080, NUTR*3210, MBG*3090
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.
ANSC*4260 Beef Cattle Nutrition W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed for students to evaluate problems in feeding beef cattle. Relevant aspects of digestion and metabolism of nutrients as well as current issues of feeding beef cattle and diagnosing nutritional deficiencies will be included.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3120
Restriction(s): ANSC*4160
ANSC*4270 Dairy Cattle Nutrition F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to apply principles of dairy cattle nutrition to solving on-farm nutritionally based problems. A case study approach will be used in conjunction with computer modeling and computer ration formulation programs.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3120
Restriction(s): ANSC*4170
ANSC*4280 Poultry Nutrition F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to evaluate nutrient requirements of poultry. Students will learn how to apply feeding programs for meat, laying birds and breeders and how feeding affects poultry meat and egg composition.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3120
Restriction(s): ANSC*4180
ANSC*4290 Swine Nutrition F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to explore details of evaluating feed ingredients and formulating diets for swine. Students will use models to evaluate various aspects of nutrient partitioning for growth and reproduction in pigs.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3120
Restriction(s): ANSC*4190
ANSC*4350 Experiments in Animal Biology W (0-6) [0.50]
This course provides an opportunity for hands-on projects involving live animals and laboratory techniques. Projects will be provided by APS faculty within their broad fields of study, for example animal behaviour and welfare, environmental physiology, endocrinology, and reproduction. Approval of the ABIO Faculty Advisor must be obtained before course selection.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080, ANSC*3300, ANSC*4090
Co-requisite(s): ANSC*4100, ANSC*4490
Restriction(s): Registration in Animal Biology Major. Instructor consent required.
ANSC*4470 Animal Metabolism W (3-0) [0.50]
Current concepts in whole animal metabolism and the quantitative techniques used to measure whole body metabolic kinetics will be presented. Tissue and organ specific biochemical processes will be integrated with whole body control mechanisms.
Prerequisite(s): NUTR*3190 or NUTR*3210
ANSC*4490 Applied Endocrinology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the endocrine systems of farm animals and their applications to livestock production. Considerable emphasis will be placed upon understanding how knowledge of endocrine regulation can be applied within animal production systems.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080
Restriction(s): ANSC*4480
ANSC*4550 Horse Nutrition W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to provide students with the most current knowledge of nutrition of horses and other domestic non-ruminant herbivores. Influence of nutrition on musculo-skeletal development and function will be emphasized. (Last offering - winter 2011)
Prerequisite(s): NUTR*3190 or NUTR*3210
Restriction(s): ANSC*4500
ANSC*4560 Pet Nutrition F (3-0) [0.50]
This course covers nutrient requirements, feed formulation and nutritional idiosyncrasies for dogs, cats, and exotic pets.
Prerequisite(s): NUTR*3190 or NUTR*3210
Restriction(s): ANSC*4510
ANSC*4610 Critical Analysis in Animal Science W (3-0) [0.50]
Each student will select and critically review a topic of emerging importance in animal science. The topic will be presented to the group as a written paper in journal format, as a poster, and as a formal seminar. This course is designed for students in their final year of the Animal Biology Major.
Prerequisite(s): 12.00 credits including 2.00 in animal sciences
ANSC*4650 Immune Mechanisms of Animals W (3-0) [0.50]
Livestock and fish have developed common and unique defense strategies for resisting microbial and viral infections. The focus of this course is to review and compare these defense mechanisms in different tissues, and describe the significance of neuroendocrine signalling, genetic polymorphisms, nutrition and food-borne toxins, and host-microbial interaction in regulating innate and acquired immune responses and disease resistance.
Prerequisite(s): ANSC*3080
ANSC*4700 Research in Animal Biology I S,F,W (0-6) [0.50]
This course is an opportunity for those students potentially interested in postgraduate studies to work with a committed faculty advisor to research a problem, analyse data and/or design experiment(s) that address a solution. Evaluation of the course requires a substantive literature review and/or data analysis. Selection of a faculty supervisor and approval from course coordinator must be obtained before course selection.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits
Restriction(s): Registered in Animal Biology Major. Instructor consent required.
ANSC*4710 Research in Animal Biology II S,F,W (0-6) [0.50]
This course is a continuation of ANSC*4700, Research in Animal Biology I. It allows more sophisticated projects to be undertaken or to provide an opportunity to build upon the work of ANSC*4700 . Evaluation of the course requires a greater emphasis on data analysis or experimental design than for ANSC*4700. Selection of a faculty advisor and approval of course coordinator must be obtained before course selection.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits
Restriction(s): Registration in Animal Biology Major. Instructor consent required.
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1