Internship (for students) Weaning the piglet

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Internship (for students) Weaning the piglet

Weaning the piglet

It is well known that weaning is a difficult and critical transition period for a piglet: piglets are separated from the sow, they have to change from sow milk to a dry/solid diet, they are mixed with non-litter mates, placed in a new environment and this is all accompanied with a low feed intake. All these aspects cause a suboptimal start after weaning of which the consequences can be felt for a long time. Nutritional and management strategies can be used to improve support the piglets optimally around weaning. This is the topic of a project within the Global Swine R&D team.

What do we expect from you?

  • You are following a Master degree in Animal Nutrition or Adaptation Physiology at Wageningen University;
  • You have an affinity with the pig sector;
  • You are motivated and eager to learn;
  • You have good English speaking and writing skills.

What do we offer?

Royal De Heus offers you a challenging internship in a dynamic and international context, supervised by experienced professionals from whom you can learn a lot.


Would you like to work in an international, dynamic, deal-driven environment and does this thesis assignment appeal to you? Please contact Johan Zonderland, team leader R&D Swine, phone +31 (0) 6 55460166, or via



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