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.

Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

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  • 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
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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.

Student Enrollment Options:

Please note steps for application depend on current education level and University of Florida affiliation. Please see below for details to determine your application steps.

UF Students:

Course Number: VME4013

Undergraduate: UF Student

Students must be a junior or senior and/or have completed pre-requisites(see syllabus). Students should register through Student Self Service (SOC) or Dept. Coordinator. Section is listed in SOC. UF tuition and fee rates apply.

Course Number: VME6011

Graduate (NOT in College of Vet Med): UF Student

Students not in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine will need to register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section is listed in SOC. UF tuition and fee rates apply.

Course Number: VME6011

Graduate (In College of Vet Med): UF Student

Students in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine will need to contact Sally O’Connell in order to register for the course.

Course Number: VEM5372

Veterinary: UF Student

Veterinary students in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine will need to contact Melissa Cox in order to register for the course.

Non-UF Students:

COurse Number: VME4013

Undergraduate: Non-UF Student

Applicants must be a junior or senior and/or have completed pre-requisites(see syllabus). Interested applicants must first apply as a non-degree student. If admitted, additional instructions for registration will be provided. Cost: $325/credit plus fees

Course Number: VME6011

Graduate: Non-UF Student

Interested applicants must first apply as a non-degree student. If admitted, additional instructions for registration will be provided. Cost: $550/credit plus fees

Course Number: VME4013

Continuing Education

Interested applicants needing credit for professional licensure or for professional/personal development can apply through this application. Applicants do NOT need to complete a non-degree application. Applicants will not receive an official grade or transcript, but will be issued a Certificate of Completion. Cost:$1010.76

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 2021

Registration Opens November 9th, 2020
Application Deadline November 16th, 2020
Registration Closes January 11th, 2021
Classes Begin January 11th, 2021
Cancel with FULL Refund January 15th, 2021
Tuition Deadline January 22nd, 2021
Classes End April 21st, 2021

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