Ruminant Nutrition | Centre for Veterinary Education

Ruminant Nutrition

Maximise the output of your clients’ operations and learn how to better manage nutritional problems.

This course aims to help you develop the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve optimal nutritional outcomes in beef, dairy cattle and sheep enterprises. 

The course emphasises an evidence-based approach to nutritional management and will focus on key topics including the development and physiology of the rumen, feed intake and its utilisation, the management and prevention of nutritional deficiencies and metabolic disease as well as the achievement of optimal nutritional outcomes. This course will be highly valuable to any veterinarian working in a farming environment or looking to develop their nutritional consultancy as well as those who are intending to study with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in animal nutrition (ruminant).

What your tutors have to say about the CVE's Ruminant Nutrition DE course:

Past Participant

If you need to learn about Ruminant Nutrition you need to enrol into this course, no second guessing, just give it a crack.

Todd Donaldson

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the basic principles of feeding ruminants for the production of meat, milk and fibre

  • Gain knowledge of the merits of a range of feedstuffs and pasture 

  • Gain the ability to be able to diagnose and correct nutritional problems with various classes of cattle and sheep

  • Gain the ability to be able to assess the standard of nutritional management of a given enterprise

  • Gain the ability to be able to assess rations and have a basis for understanding ration formulation


  1. Rearing Preruminants & Managing the Transition to Ruminant

  2. Physiology of the Rumen, Ruminant Growth & Lactation

  3. Pasture, Crop Growth & Utilisation

  4. Feed Processing & Feedstuffs

  5. Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prevention of Metabolic Diseases

  6. Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention of Chronic Nutritional Deficiencies

  7. Systems for Describing Ruminant Nutrient Requirements

  8. Nutritional Management of the Beef/Sheep Enterprise

  9. Nutritional Management of the Dairy Enterprise

  10. Nutritional Management of the Feedlot

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images and journal articles  

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutor

  • A monthly assignment where you will receive individual feedback and explanations from your tutor

  • A 3 day workshop where you will gain field experience and practical knowledge to apply back to your practice 

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Distance Education

Thursday 1 February - Friday 30 November 2018
3-Day Workshop
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017


BSc BVSc (Hons) MVSt MAgribus PhD MACVSc

Paul is a consultant cattle veterinarian, ruminant nutritionist, and beef producer with post-graduate training in the intensive and extensive ruminant industries. His post-graduate training covers the disciplines of nutrition, health programs, reproduction, epidemiology, production and financial management and meat science. He completed his PhD on the interaction between nutrition and health in feedlot cattle in 2007. Over the last 15 years Paul has held various positions within the livestock and veterinary industry. Paul has lectured at Queensland, Sydney and at Charles Sturt University from 2007, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor. He also serves as Head Examiner in Beef Cattle Medicine and Production for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He is currently the director of Australian Livestock Production Services, which consults on intensive and extensive cattle and lamb enterprises throughout the eastern states of Australia, as well as being owner/manager of a cattle trading enterprise. He is has written two distance education courses for the CVE, the long running Ruminant Nutrition course and the more recent Beef Production Medicine course.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$6100$6400$6600
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses. Allied professionals with extensive industry experience may apply to enrol by contacting the CVE directly. Enrolment will be at the tutor’s discretion.​

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.