Professor: Dr. Katherine Petersson
Prerequisites: Junior standing or above.
Catalog Description: Principles of animal nutrition, metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; mineral and vitamin requirements; nutritive requirements for maintenance, growth, reproduction, lactation, and work.
Throughout the semester students will learn:
Grades are based on the following criteria:
Katherine Petersson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
20B Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Dr. Petersson's research interests are focused around animal nutrition and biochemistry. Much of her research has explored the use of vitamin E by the body. Previous projects have looked at the effect of exercise on the vitamin E requirement of the horse. She also has looked at effect of vitamin E supplementation on the immune function and response to vaccination in horses. Currently, Dr. Petersson is doing similar research on sheep. In addition to conduction research, Dr. Petersson is the advisor to several graduate students and teaches courses in Animal Anatomy Physiology and Nutrition.
"This course provides students with a wealth of knowledge about both ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition. I found that the information taught in this class really helped me better understand difficult concepts I had learned in other courses, particularly organic chemistry. We also had the opportunity to work on a scientific paper on a current topic in animal nutrition. This not only helped me improve my research and writing skills, it also gave me an opportunity to read up on current research in the field." - Lily
"This course THOROUGHLY covered the nutrition of most farm and domestic animals. Everything was covered from the organic chemistry of the major nutrient classes to nutritional requirements of individual species. This class actually helped me understand my organic chemistry problems more than chemistry class itself! I also really liked the professors teaching style. The class was casual and comfortable. The professor mixed up the lectures with a lot of class discussion which helped when talking about some of the harder topics." - Beth