Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Certificate in Aquatic Animal Health is a course of study delivered through an entirely online format. This program is administered through the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and offered through the Department of Aquatic Animal Health. This program relates to the relatively young specialty of veterinary medicine that includes medical care of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. This program’s distance learning delivery was designed with working professionals in mind who wouldn’t typically have the freedom to pursue a traditional certificate on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments.

Since the field of Aquatic Animal Health is relatively new, the University of Florida is constantly expanding this young program’s curriculum and will continue to do so for several years. The curriculum associated with this program covers broad sub-specialties within aquatic medicine such as care of captive marine animals, care of pet fish, zoo and aquarium species, aquaculture medicine, and clinical research involving free-ranging aquatic species. Specialty training integrated in this course of study includes the areas of clinical medicine, wildlife health, environmental science, and engineering. This program offers a diverse and thorough curriculum consisting of five courses, a total of 15 credit hours. These courses span the topics of Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues, Manatee Health and Conservation, Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues, Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Histology, and Introduction to Aquaculture. Through these courses, students may gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in this young and exciting field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Courses with undergraduate sections are 4000 level so students need to be considered upper level undergraduates (juniors or seniors) and should have already completed at least 2 courses in a science-related field beyond basic biology (in topics such as: physiology, anatomy, ecology, zoology) or instructor permission.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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