Online Courses

In addition to the college’s professional DVM program, we offer several online learning opportunities in several areas of study. These programs vary by field of study, but in some cases include graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and undergraduate courses. Learn more about these offerings at the links below.

Aquatic Animal Health

  • Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues is an online course (3 credits) taught in the Spring semester 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 species: whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, manatees, sea turtles and crocodilians.
  • Manatee Health and Conservation is an online course (3 credits) taught in the Summer semester designed to introduce students (upper level undergraduate and graduate) and professionals (with an AA or higher degree) to the natural history, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and health issues of manatees
  • Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues is an online course (3 credits) taught in the Fall semester designed to introduce students (upper level undergraduate and graduate) and professionals (with an AA or higher degree) to the controversial issues surrounding aquatic animal species ranging from invertebrates to marine mammals, with emphasis on marine mammals, but also including sea turtles, fisheries, and marine ecosystems.

Small Animal Clinical Sciences

  • The Dog is an online course (3 credits) specifically designed for undergraduate students interested in learning more about dogs, especially those planning careers in Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technical Programs. Students will be introduced to a number of topics, including evolution, domestication, anatomy, biology, role in society, physiology, behavior, and health of the dog.

Large Animal Clinical Sciences

  • The Horse is an online undergraduate course (3 credits), this class is also designed for undergraduate students interested in learning more about horses. The class will focus to a large extent on lectures and discussion to establish a baseline of information about the equine field. Important medical case studies and scientific papers will be discussed throughout the class. Upon completing the class, students will be able to differentiate between normal and unhealthy animals by appearance and behavior, and have a working knowledge of common natural history and health issues of the animals.

Forensic Toxicology

  • The college offers a master’s degree with a concentration in forensic toxicology. This program focuses on general and advanced principles of toxicology, forensic toxicology, and drug metabolism providing a strong foundation in analytical techniques, pharmacokinetics, drug elimination, and toxicology. Modules in forensic pharmacology, doping control, postmortem toxicology, expert testimony, and QA/QC procedures are also featured. This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in several areas, among them crime laboratories, medical examiner offices, police departments, and many other categories.
  • Graduates will earn a Master of Science with a major in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Forensic Toxicology issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. The transcripts will read Master of Science, graduation date, major Veterinary Medical Sciences, concentration Forensic Toxicology.

Forensic Sciences:

  • Wildlife Forensic Sciences Certificate:
    This online graduate certificate program is comprised of three, 3-credit courses and is provided by the University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. The program is aimed at working professionals and academic students in the area of wildlife conservation, ecology, and animal protection. Wildlife crime, whether it be in the form of poaching, trade in exotic species, illicit logging, protected species persecution, or any other type of illegal exploitation of flora and fauna, is a pervasive and omnipresent danger to species preservation and conservation. Forensic science in wildlife investigations can be used to track and identify criminals by the use of evidentiary analysis, whether it is DNA, trace evidence such as hair or feathers, animal tracks, classification of animal products or imported, exported, traded goods, or the simple recognition of what constitutes indisputable, demonstrative evidence.
  • Veterinary Forensic Sciences Certificate:
    This online graduate certificate program is comprised of five, 3-credit courses and is provided by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. The program is aimed at working professionals and academic students in the areas of forensic medicine and veterinary science, including but not limited to practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians, individuals involved in shelter medicine operations, animal control officers, law enforcement officials, and forensic investigators. The courses offered in this program emphasize the application of forensic science and medicine to veterinary medicine and animal-related crimes, such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, fighting and death. Graduate certificate students learn how to properly process an animal crime scene, recognize animal abuse, and handle forensic evidence.
  • Veterinary Forensic Sciences Master’s Degree:
    This online Master of Science program is comprised of 5, 3-credit core requirements plus 15 elective credits. Master’s degree students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. The program is aimed at working professionals and academic students in the areas of forensic medicine and veterinary science, including but not limited to practicing veterinarians, criminal justice professionals, individuals involved in shelter medicine operations, animal control officers, law enforcement officials, and forensic investigators. The courses offered in this program emphasize the application of forensic science and medicine to veterinary medicine and animal-related crimes, such as abuse, cruelty, neglect, fighting and death. Participants will focus on advanced animal forensic investigations and gain the forensic expertise necessary to help solve cases involving animal cruelty and to better ensure justice for animals through the legal system.

Shelter Medicine: Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program