Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues (Spring)

Course Information

Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues is an online course designed to introduce students (upper level undergraduate and graduate) and professionals (with an AA or higher degree) to the natural history, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and common health issues of aquatic wildlife such as: whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, manatees, sea turtles, crocodilians, fish and invertebrates. Students will practice scientific writing skills with a term paper requirement.

  • Students will become familiar in identifying healthy and unhealthy characteristics of the species covered through on-line reading material for each learning module and lectures through MediaSite
  • Opportunities for discussion and student interaction of topics will occur on electronic message board
  • Homework assignments will reinforce establishing a baseline of information on marine mammals, sea turtles, crocodilians, fish and invertebrates.
  • Students will enhance their writing skills through a term paper requirement:
    • Graduate students are expected to write a grant proposal and then review assigned proposals.
    • Undergraduate students are asked to write a 5 page review paper on an aquatic related topic and review assigned proposals.

Course Topics

  • Manatees: Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Behavior, Hair & Genetics, Metabolism & Thermoregulation, Care & Health Issues
  • Pinnipeds: Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Behavior and Health Issues
  • Crocodilians: Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Behavior and Health
  • Sea Turtles: Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Behavior and Diseases
  • Invertebrates: Taxonomy, Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease Ecology
  • Fish: Taxonomy, Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases
  • Amphibians: Natural History, Health and Conservation
  • Conservation Issues
  • Mortality & Management: Cetaceans and Manatee
  • Cetaceans: Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Behavior, Large Whales, Conservation, Mortality
  • Regulations, Permits, & Management: Manatees & Cetaceans, Health Assessments and Rehabilitation, UMEs
  • Research and Techniques: Necropsy, Molecular Techniques, Field Techniques

Course Syllabus

Please see the Draft-Syllabus-2020 for information regarding course materials, grading, pre-requisites, course faculty, etc.


Registration Information

How to Register

There are multiple ways to register for each course. Please review the Non-UF Student, Continuing Education and UF Student descriptions below in order to decide which method is most appropriate for you. You may also want to review our FAQ page or Contact Us to help differentiate between these options.

If you are interested in taking this course Spring 2019, please complete the Course Interest form.
Student Type Course Info Why Choose this Student Type?  Differences Prerequisites Costs Apply
Non-UF Students – undergraduate VME4013 Transfer Credit Apply as a nondegree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs. (See Syllabus ) $325/credit plus fees**

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Non-UF Students – graduate VME6011 Transfer Credit. Planning to apply to graduate school or professional school Apply as a nondegree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be in good standing $550/credit plus fees** Apply Here
UF Graduate Students in an online program (ie IFAS) VME6011 Using course as an elective towards an online degree or certificate from UF Do not submit a nondegree application.  Look for  instructions on step 2. Must be in good standing $550/credit plus fees** Apply Here
Continuing Education VME4013 Professional licensure, personal/professional interest/development Will not receive an official grade or UF transcript. Will be issued a Certificate of Completion. $325/credit plus fees** Apply Here
UF Undergraduate VME4013 Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs (See Syllabus ) Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
On Campus UF Graduate
non College of Vet Med
*this option is not for students in online programs!
VME6011 Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
UF DVM or
Graduate in College of Vet Med
VME6011 (grad)
VEM5372
(DVM)
Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Contact Sally O’Connell

**Nondegree students pay the Capital Improvement and Technology fee


Registration Deadline

Note: This class has limited enrollment and may fill up prior to the end of drop/add so we suggest registering early.

Spring 2019
Registration Opens October 29th, 2018
Application Deadline December 17th, 2018
Registration Closes January 7th, 2019
Classes Begin January 7th, 2019
Cancel with Full Refund January 11th, 2019
Tuition Deadline January 18th, 2019
Classes End April 24th, 2019

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