Profession animal feed nutritionist

Animal feed nutritionists analyse the nutritional value of animal feeds in order to provide dietary advice to agricultural, manufacturing, zoological and public sector staff. They undertake research on nutritionally balanced food stuffs and maintain awareness of technical and scientific developments on the subject.

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  • Investigative / Artistic
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  • Regulations for hygiene in feeding animals

    The body of regulations that require feed business operators to comply with standards of hygiene and traceability and the registration and approval of their establishments.

  • Prepared animal feeds

    Composition, nutritional specifications and formulas of animal feeds. Feed additives, energy values, nutritional and supplemental needs depending on different species. Feed requirements according to legislation in force.

  • Animal feed ingredients

    Animal feed ingredients to determine the maximum level of undesirable substances (i.e. contaminants) in raw materials set by the European Union to prevent toxicity.

  • Laboratory based sciences

    Laboratory based sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science or advanced laboratory science.

  • Food legislation

    Legislation related to the food and feed industry including food manufacturing, hygiene, safety, raw materials, additives, GMOs, labelling, environmental and trade regulations.

  • Feed additives

    The products used to improve the quality of animal feed and the quality of the food that these animals produce or are turned into; or to improve the animals' performance and health.

  • Prepared animal feeds contamination hazards

    Contamination and spoilage hazards related to animal feeds. Prevention and reaction.


  • Communicate technicalities with clients

    Communicate with and support clients and veterinarians in case of problems. Provide feedback to production and management.

  • Handle documentation for prepared animal feeds

    Registering the required transport documents for prepared animal feeds. Registering medicated feeds.

  • Ensure no harmful effects on feed additives

    Ensure that feed additives undergo scientific evaluation to assess if the additive has any harmful effects on human or animal health or on the environment.

  • Assess nutritional characteristics of food

    Assess nutritional characteristics of food for human consumption for a better healthy diet.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Formulate diets with the feeds to animals

    Formulate diets and rations to maximise animal growth, reproduction, health, and/or performance.

  • Manage the reception of raw materials for animal feeds

    Ensuring procurement and reception of raw materials, planning and execution of production, as well as the loading and dispatching of feed.

  • Follow an environmental friendly policy while processing food

    Assure an environmental-friendly policy when working with natural resources like meat, fruits and vegetables. This means handling resources in the most efficient and nature-friendly way while trying to minimalise pressure on the ecosystem.

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Evaluate nutritional value of feeds

    Evaluate the chemical and nutritional value of feeds, feed supplements, grass and forage for commercial animals.

  • Maintain updated professional knowledge

    Regularly attend educational workshops, read professional publications, actively participate in professional societies.

  • Develop prepared animal feeds

    Develop innovative and effective animal feeds.

Optional knowledge and skills

effects of pesticides in food raw materials liaise with colleagues follow hygienic procedures during food processing write work-related reports act reliably liaise with managers communicate commercial and technical issues in foreign languages ensure correct goods labelling have computer literacy analyse work-related written reports