The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)



  1. What is a vitamin?
  2. Why must vitamins be present in the diet?
  3. State the fat-soluble vitamins.
  4. State the water-soluble vitamins.
  5. Why is a frequent intake of water-soluble vitamins essential?
  6. Why is the risk of toxicity associated with excessive intake greater with fat-soluble than water-soluble vitamins?
  7. What is vitamin A also known as, and in which foods is it found?
  8. Why do cats require a pre-formed source of vitamin A?
  9. List the functions of vitamin A.
  10. In what species in hypovitaminosis A common?
  11. When is hypervitominosis A most common?
  12. List the signs of hypervitaminosis A.
  13. List sources of vitamin D.
  14. What are the main functions of vitamin D? (Please refer to Module 4 - Minerals for further information).
  15. List sources of vitamin E.
  16. What is the main function of vitamin E?
  17. What sort of diet may give rise to vitamin E deficiency in cats leading to a painful inflammatory condition known as pansteatitis (yellow fat disease)?
  18. List signs of vitamin E deficiency in dogs.
  19. What is the main function of vitamin K?
  20. Why is vitamin K deficiency unlikely?
  21. Vitamin K is the antidote to which poison?
  22. List sources of vitamin K.
  23. What may give rise to vitamin B deficiency?
  24. Why should cats not be fed raw fish?
  25. What is vitamin C also known as?
  26. Most mammals can synthesise vitamin C from glucose. Which species commonly seen in practice is the most notable exception?