Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals

Enrollment Message:

This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well being. Taking a look at the pets that live on our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times, we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Explain the history of veterinary science and the requirements to become a veterinarian.

• Examine major systems of small and large animals and what effects diseases have on small and large animals.

• Discuss infectious diseases, their symptoms, and treatments among small and large animals.

• Summarize the major threats to the health of large animals and why the health of horses, cattle, and swine are important for public health.

• Investigate exotic animals’ living environment, diseases, and challenges veterinarians face when working with exotic animals.

• Evaluate a variety of poisons and toxins and their effects on animals. Investigate parasites, their transfer to other animals, and symptoms of infection.

• Identify and discuss various zoonotic diseases.

• Evaluate various holistic veterinary treatments for animals.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Introduction to Veterinary Science

Unit 2: Small Animal Medicine

Unit 3: Large Animal Medicine

Unit 4: Exotic Animal Medicine

Unit 5: Poisoning and Toxicology

Unit 6: Veterinary Parasitology

Unit 7: Zoonotic Diseases

Unit 8: Holistic Veterinary Science and Medicine

Resources Included: All resources are included within the course lessons.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/
Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: No
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 03061
MDE Endorsement Code: DA - Biology
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus