Evolution of Petfood Palatability

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
Learning objectives
he course aims to provide fundamental knowledge in the perception of the sensory stimuli in the companion animals such as dogs and cats. Provide the basic of palatibility trials, focusing on the use of innovative ingredients and new formulations in the pet food industry.
Expected learning outcomes
The student must demonstrate to be able in applying the knowledge acquired to optimize the pet food palatability. The student must be also able to design a palatability trial regarding innovative ingredients and new formulations.
Single course

This course can be attended as a single course.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Perception of sensory stimuli (2 hours)
Taste perception in dogs (2 hours)
Taste perception in cats (2 hours)
Eating behavior (2 hours)
Feed intake (2 hours)
Introduction to sensory analysis in companion animals (2 hours)
Sensory evaluation test organization (2 hours)
Experimental design and results interpretation (2 hours)

Practical training
Practical training related to sensory evaluation (8 hours)
Visit of a field exhibition (4 hours)
Visits of petfood companies (4 hours)
Prerequisites for admission
The knowledge of canine and feline nutrition is reccommended to enhance the comprehension of the topics covered in the course.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures and practical activities. Technical visits to petfood companies.
Teaching Resources
Teaching materials provided by the lecturers and available on the Ariel website.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview aimed at evaluating the correct understanding and ability to rework the course content. The questions will be aimed at verifying the knowledge of the topics, the presentation skills and the ability to critically analyze the contents. The final grade will be formulated on the basis of the quality of answers, communicative and analytical skills and judgment.
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours