The Horse: Online Course
The Horse is an online undergraduate course (3 credits) designed for students planning careers in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Technical Programs. This course covers many important topics in the domesticated horse field including reproduction, anatomy, the musculoskeletal system, GI physiology, preventative health care, as well as current research. A news article about this class can be found here
Registration for the Fall semester of 2017 is now closed and the class is full.
I will also be teaching the class in the spring semester. For the Spring semester, class runs from January 8TH-April 25TH. Registration for the Spring semester will begin in October, 2017.
For questions about this class, contact the Course Director:Dr. Patrick Larkin, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Another online class about Dogs taught by Dr. Larkin can be found here
While this class is offered through the University of Florida (UF), many students that take this class attend other Colleges and Universities.
Many Colleges and Universities have slightly different schedules. In order to accommodate these different schedules, the class has been designed to be run in an asynchronous manner (i.e. students have weekly assignments, but do not need to log into the class at any specific time during the day).
At the end of this course students will be able to:
-Describe some common health issues in horses
-Recognize at a basic level healthy versus unhealthy conditions in horses
-Recognize the critical components of the scientific method in peer reviewed journal articles
-Characterize and distinguish major aspects of equine natural history, anatomy, and physiology
This class will use ProctorU for online proctoring services for the three exams. ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows exam takers to complete their assessment at home while still ensuring the integrity of the exam for the institution.
*the costs for the ProctorU service are covered in the tuition of the class.
There are two classes offered for the Horse Course, an undergraduate level class (VME-4906) and now a graduate level class (VME-6934). Both classes are 3 credit classes.
Syllabus for the undergraduate class (VME-4906)
A graduate level Horse Class (VME-6934) is also available.
*the main difference between the two classes is that the graduate level class also has a writing assignment. Contact Dr. Larkin (email@example.com) if you would like more information about the graduate level class.
Undergraduate class (VME-4906)
For non-University of Florida students, the tuition rate is $1,101.21 ($367.07 per credit hour). This price includes all UF fees as well as all of the fees to use the ProctorU Service for the three tests. All reading material will be provided within the class and no additional textbooks are required.
Graduate class (VME-6934)
For non-University of Florida students, the tuition rate is $1,614.96. ($538.32 per credit hour). This price includes all UF fees as well as all of the fees to use the ProctorU Service for the three tests. All reading material will be provided within the class and no additional textbooks are required.
Undergraduate class (VME-4906)
Students should be in their Sophomore year, or higher, to take this class. Students need to have taken a minimum of 4 science and/or math courses before you enroll in this course (Courses from other Colleges/Universities can substitute for the following classes). Of these 4 courses, at least two of them need to be in the biology field (examples of some biology classes include, but are not limited to the following: a biology for majors class, zoology, anatomy, physiology, etc..). The other two courses can also be in the biology field, or they can also be in other fields such as chemistry, physics, or math. **Note that you do not need to take a class in each of these fields, just four classes total.
Graduate class (VME-6934)
Students at other colleges and Universities can also sign up for this class. Students should be juniors, seniors, or a Post-baccalaureate.
There are two methods for students from other Colleges or Universities to register for this class:
(Method 1) As a Continuing Education (CE) student
(Method 2) as a “Non-degree seeking” student.
The difference of these two registration methods is that a CE student will receive a certificate of completion once the course is finished whereas a “Non-degree seeking” student will receive a College transcript from the University of Florida.
*Non-degree seeking simply means you are not seeking a degree from the University of Florida, since you are already enrolled at another college/university.
Registration for the Spring semester will beging in October.
**If you have any problems filling out the below application, contact Dr. Larkin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Non-degree seeking students: Registration links for the Spring semester will be available in October.
(AFTER you read the above registration instructions, please fill out the Course Application to begin the process to enroll in the class)
- CE students: Registration links for the Spring semester will be available in October.
If you are interested in taking this course for semesters beyond Spring of 2017, please fill out the Course Interest Form.
For a complete list of critical dates for registration, please visit the following URL:
Testimonials about “The Horse” course
If you love animals, or are considering a career related to veterinary medicine, you need to take ‘The Horse’ class! Unlike many other courses, ‘The Horse’ is focused on a single species, offering a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of horses. This class will not only familiarize you with species-specific anatomy and physiology, as well as provide you with a thorough explanation of system interdependence, but will also introduce relevant scientific literature relevant to equine health issues and overall well being. ‘The Horse’ has a small-class feel, and the ‘discussion’ component will allow you to interact with students from multiple fields and areas of interest, providing further insight and points of view. Because this course is offered through distance learning, it will flexibly fit into your schedule, but you will not feel you are sacrificing academic integrity. Dr. Patrick Larkin and his colleagues are experts in the individual areas of study lecture on, encourage communication, invite questions, and are very approachable.Classes like ‘The Horse’ should be an educational standard!
Former student of Columbia University
Accepted to Royal Veterinary College, Class of 2020
Took the Horse course
The Horse Course was my first UF distance learning class, and although initially I was not sure what to expect, I quickly began to look forward to the weekly lectures. Dr. Larkin puts the lectures, quizzes, and course work together in a way that makes logical sense, and due dates are staggered so that you feel like there’s always something to do without being overwhelmed. Although I have been in the horse industry for many years now, I still learned a lot this semester and believe this course is beneficial regardless of whether or not you have previous horse-related knowledge. My experience was so good that I decided to register for another distance education course at UF the following semester. As someone who wants to apply to vet school in the next couple of years, my first experience at UF has been very positive!
University of Central Florida student
Took the Horse Course
After reviewing the syllabus and watching a lecture, The Horse seems like it would be quite an educational but also a fun class to take. Having been around horses my entire life, I still found the lecture educating and stimulating and learned a few things that I hadn’t previously known. The syllabus is well laid out and would leave no room for the student to get behind or be unsure of what needs to be done for the week. If someone was hesitant to take the class because they are unsure of the professor, I can attest that Professor Larkin is extremely helpful and always willing to answer any question you may have. So for anyone who is thinking of going to vet school or is just a horse enthusiast, I would recommend taking this class.
University of Florida undergraduate student
How will the class work?
Course content is divided into 15 week segments (13 weeks for summer term) . Course material for each week (except week 1) will be released the Friday evening before the week begins. Week 1 material will be released the first day of class. Students will have the whole week to listen/watch the lectures, videos, and/or complete assignments. By the end of the week, the students need to take a Quiz or an exam. Each quiz can be taken up to two times, and the highest score will be used for that particular quiz grade. Exams can only be taken once.
Are there any prerequisites for this course?
Students need to have taken a minimum of 4 science and/or math courses before you enroll in this course. Of these 4 courses, two of them need to be in the biology field (examples of some biology classes include, but are not limited to the following: a biology for majors class, zoology, anatomy, physiology, etc..). The other two courses can also be in the biology field, or they can also be in other fields such as chemistry, physics, or math. **Note that you do not need to take a class in each of these fields, just four classes total.
Are the classes completely online or is travel to Florida required at some point? Are the classes asynchronous or do you need to be logged in at a specific time/date?
All courses are taught completely online and do not require travel or have required synchronous components.
What are the expectations for this class (i.e. will it be easy)?
Students will find it difficult to pass this course if they do not regularly log into the online class and complete assignments on a weekly basis. Online courses are not easier or less time consuming then classes on campus. Online classes are simply more flexible, and allow a student to work on the course material during various times throughout the day and evening. For this class, students will be reading and listening to lectures on 2-3 topics per week.
I am not a University of Florida student, how do I get credit transferred to my home institution?
Each university has their own policies regarding credit transfer or dual enrollment. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check with your home institution to complete any paperwork that may be required to transfer the credits and ensure that they can be applied towards your degree. (Note: UF requires students to complete paperwork BEFORE they register at another university and this may be the same for your home institution.) The University of Florida is a public university in the State of Florida and credits should be accepted by other universities in the United States of America. If you need a letter, signature, or form completed please contact the course coordinator. After completion of the course you can have an official transcript with your grade sent to your home institution. Official, sealed transcripts can be ordered and mailed to you or your home institution for a small fee (approximately $6.00) using the ISIS system. Non-official transcripts can be printed through ISIS for free.
I have already completed my Bachelor’s degree. Can I still register for this class?
Yes, you can still register for this class.
What are the registration and fee deadlines?
The registration and fee deadlines for online courses are the same as the dates on the academic calendar for traditional courses at the University of Florida. These can be found on the Registration page for each course or at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/Pages/dates-and-deadlines.aspx The University of Florida has a three semester system: Fall (August – December), Spring (January – May), Summer C (May – August).
Can I use a fee waiver/military exemption/Florida state employee exemption to pay tuition and fees?
Tuition and fees for online courses at the University of Florida must be paid with a credit card (MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or check (EFT/ACH, US banks only). There is a 2.6% non-refundable service charge when using a credit card as the method of payment. Unfortunately, most fee waivers are not accepted for Distance Education courses. To see if a military waiver can be used for a particular course please contact Stephen Rodgers, the Veteran’s Affairs specialist in the Registrar’s office, at 352-292-1374.
Do you offer scholarships for the online courses?
Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarships. See question below about Bright Futures Scholarships. Additionally, tuition and fees for online courses at the University of Florida must be paid with a credit card or check. Therefore when considering financial aid sources, a student loan is the most advisable option. You can investigate loan options through the University of Florida Student Financial Affairs.
Can I use my Bright Futures Scholarship toward these courses?
Students need to contact their own financial aid office and receive permission to be a “transient” student (*Note that this is different than using a Transient application). Be sure to include in the application that the course is unique (not offered at their home institution). Once they receive approval from their office to become a transient student, they will be reimbursed for the class at the following rates:
$77 per credit hour (medallion award)
$103 dollars per credit hour (academic award)
Scholarships can be combined (Florida Prepaid with Bright Futures). Students that take a class as a transient student should fairly quickly after the class is over have an official transcript sent to their home institution.
Can I audit the course instead of enrolling for a grade?
Most courses are available to non-degree seeking students in an audit format which does not have a grading system, but still requires payment of the full registration fees. If you wish to enroll as an audit student, please contact the course coordinator before registering.
How are accommodations for students with disabilities handled?
The University of Florida strives to provide effective, reasonable accommodations to students with physical, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities. Student classroom accommodation issues (including virtual classroom accommodations) can be addressed through the Disability Resource Center in the Dean of Students Office. Staff at the Disability Resource Center will assist any student who registers as having a disability and will serve as their advocates. Official documentation of a disability is required to determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations. Although not required, we suggest also contacting the course coordinator directly as soon as possible to notify them that you have or will be registering with the Disability Resource Center and will need to coordinate accommodations. Any issues outside of classroom accommodations should be directed to the ADA Compliance Office.
Will I receive a transcript, diploma, or certificate after completing a course?
Upon completing your registration and paying the associated fees, you will become a non-degree seeking student at the University of Florida. This will generate a UF transcript where your grade will be posted at the conclusion of the course. Official, sealed transcripts can be ordered and mailed to your home institution for a small fee (approximately $6.00 USD) using the ISIS system. Non-official transcripts can be printed through ISIS for free.
Once enrolled in a course, do I have access to the UF library services?
By enrolling in one of our online courses, you become a non-degree seeking student at the University of Florida. Included in the tuition and fees is access to UF library services, which includes the digital catalog of books and scientific journals. You can log-in to the Off-Campus Access portal (link on the left-side) with your GatorLink username and password to access these materials.
Who should I contact regarding technical assistance during a course?
By enrolling in one of our online courses, you become a non-degree seeking student at the University of Florida. Included in the tuition and fees is access to the UF Computing Help Desk.
What other requirements are there in order to take this course?
All exams need to be taken in a manner where the student can be proctored. This class will use ProctorU (http://www.proctoru.com/) for online proctoring services for the three exams. ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows exam takers to complete their assessment at home while still ensuring the integrity of the exam for the institution. The guidelines for this proctoring system are:
- “Students will need to have a microphone and webcam in place during the test-taking period. An inexpensive webcam and microphone will work fine. ProctorU recommends the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 webcam, but most brands or models will work. This webcam, as well as many newer webcams, comes complete with a microphone in the camera. Students will NOT be allowed to take an exam without a webcam.
- Students need to create an account and register with ProctorU within the first two weeks of the start of class, and no later than 5 days prior to an exam.
- Exams may be taken at a student’s home, but under certain guidelines specified below:
- For the exams, you will have a one day window within which to take the exam. The exam schedule will be provided to students the first day of class.
(1) you cannot use any notes or reference material (e.g. books to take the exam, (2) besides e-learning, you are not allowed to access any additional programs on your computer, (3) while taking the exam you are not allowed to access any material (e.g. folders, files, videos, discussion forum material) in the Sakai program except the exam itself (4) You are also not allowed to pause the test at any time. (5) you have to take the exam independently of other students.
- Students may need to have some administrative rights on the computer they are using for the exam to enable the service to function
Do I need to buy a book for the class? No, you do not need to purchase a book for the class. All reading material will be provided to the students.
How will the class work?
Course content is divided into 15 week segments (13 weeks for summer term). Course material for each week (except week 1) will be released the Friday evening before the week begins. Week 1 material will be released the first day of class. Students will have the whole week to listen/watch the lectures, videos, and/or complete assignments. By the end of the week, the students need to take a Quiz or an exam. Each quiz can be taken up to two times, and the highest score will be used for that particular quiz grade. Students do not need to use Proctor U to take the Quizzes. Exams can only be taken once. Students will need to use Proctor U to take the exams.
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