Care & Conservation of Aquatic Animals Certificate

Our Online Graduate Student Certificate Program

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This certificate is intended for graduate students at UF and beyond (national or international) at the graduate, pre-veterinary, or working professional level who want to increase their knowledge and qualifications in an aquatic animal field. While professions in environmental health, aquaculture and research are growing, opportunities to study aquatic animals are somewhat limited. Therefore, this certificate will allow students to develop a broad foundation of knowledge in areas of aquatic animal care and conservation, including marine mammals, aquatic reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and invertebrates. The certificate will signify graduates’ familiarity and understanding of aquatic animal care and increase their likelihood of success in an aquatic animal profession.

Students must have completed an undergraduate degree to apply.

(Please note, there is a $30 non-refundable application fee due to the UF Admissions Office)

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Requirements for Completion

The successful student in this program will be required to complete a total of 12 credits: 6 credit hours of a core curriculum in aquatic animal care and 6 credit hours from a list of elective courses.

Core Curriculum

Elective Courses

In unusual circumstances, other elective courses may be permitted upon approval by program coordinator.  Contact Dr Larkin –


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