MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — A course exploring the fundamentals of nutrition and foods for companion animals will be offered July 15-18. Greg Aldrich, research associate professor, department of Grain Science and Industry, will lead the new companion animal nutrition course.

The course will be held at Kansas State University’s (KSU) IGP Institute and will cover topics regarding species-specific nutrition of dogs, cats, exotic birds, pet rodents along with reptiles and aquarium fish. Participants can expect to engage in discussion surrounding nutrition, foods and animal feeding and care.

“A fundamental understanding of nutrition and the unique differences among companion animals is essential to proper nourishment of our companion animals, and critical to those in the field of food product development and formulation,” Aldrich said.

Course participants will be expected to leave with a general understanding of nutrition and food chemistry, along with an understanding of digestive physiology and nutrient metabolism. Upon completion of the course, participants should also have an appreciation for nutritional support in disease, and an introduction into methods for establishing nutritional requirements and limitations.

“As the industry grows and innovates, the Department of Grain Science and Industry at KSU is working to provide solutions through their research and training to support the mission critical goals of the pet and animal food industry,” Aldrich said.